Federal agencies issue advisory on North Korean IT workers

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The Treasury and State Departments and the FBI have issued an advisory to warn the public and private sectors and international organizations of North Korean IT workers seeking employment to generate income to contribute to their country’s ballistic missile and weapons of mass destruction programs.

North Korean IT workers target freelance work contracts of customers in North America, Europe, East Asia and other parts of the world and pose as non-North Korean nationals, according to the joint opinion published on Monday.

These employees develop software and applications that span business, social media, health and fitness, and other industries and accept projects involving virtual currency.

The advisory outlines red flags for companies employing freelance developers and potential mitigations companies should take when it comes to hiring programmers and developers on freelance platforms.

These measures include conducting video interviews to verify the identity of a potential freelancer, pre-employment background checks, and graduate and employment background checks.

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