Watch your (Bitcoin) Wallets Despite Pyongyang’s Olympic Charm …

Bottom Line: While North Korea has put on a friendly face during the Olympic Games taking place along its southern border, the country’s hackers continue to engage in global cybercrime campaigns that seek to fill the coffers of the ruling regime in the background – with the latest hacking campaign just outed by McAfee. This pattern of behavior supports Pyongyang’s objective of self-financing, including bankrolling its nuclear and ballistic missile development. Through direct engagement globally in illicit activity, the regime of Kim Jong Un is seeking to circumvent international sanctions and sustain its continued despotic rule over the people of North Korea.

Background: Unlike other regions of the world such as Latin America or Eastern Europe, where organized crime attempts to penetrate and corrupt the state, the North Korean state proactively collaborates with organized crime on a

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