The Daily Beast on 16th May carried an article about the publication of a new occasional paper by the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies at the Middlebury Institute for International Studies at Monterey – “The Shadow Sector: North Korea’s Information Technology Networks”.  The paper reveals that uncovered firms linked to North Korea are developing and selling encryption technologies, virtual private networks, and software for fingerprint scanning or facial recognition. North Korea-linked IT firms are offering comprehensive IT packages for companies and developing apps or websites for customers who range from small firms in Europe to a US primary school.  For example, in Turkey your car licence plate could be read by North Korea-developed vehicle recognition software, and fingerprint scanners in use in Asia and Nigeria are from North Korea.  The paper says that its products include development, administrative and business management software, IT security software, and biometric identification software for law enforcement applications.  The global network includes a myriad of front companies, intermediaries , and foreign partnerships

Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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