Are Gamers Funding North Korea?

Jason Bond
Guest Writer
 
August 9th, 2011


 
In an indirect way, yes.  According to an article from the New York Times, a team of hackers from North Korea infiltrated gaming sites and earned points that could be turned into cash.  The article states that the money is used to fuel Kim Jong il’s extravagant lifestyle as well as his nuclear program.  Since the UN put sanctions onto the North Korean government they’ve had to look elsewhere for funding. 

While most of the country is poverty-stricken and forced to deal with hardships on a daily basis, Mr. Kim and his elite personnel are using this gold farming scheme for games such as Lineage as one of the many ways to bring in money for illegal activities in isolationist nation.  In around two years time these gold farmers made about two million dollars, which is no meager amount.  Agents were required to send at least 500 dollars back to the government each month, which makes ya wonder: Where did the rest of the money go?

[Source: New York Times]

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Jason has been a gamer since the days of the Atari, starting off with games like Pong, and leading all the way up to games like Final Fantasy on the PS2. He then discovered the battlefield series in 2004 on the PC and it was done. An avid gamer, lover of music and all things PC, Jason strives to show users that PC gaming is not dead, so lock an load!

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