It seems North Korea’s economy and leader, Kim Jong-il, are getting desperate to raise some seriously needed cash and are now targeting MMO games as a source of funding. The New York Times recently reported that North Korea is training an army of hackers to create and use software that can basically “allows round-the-clock play by “factories” of dozens of unmanned computers“. Some of the titles targeted were Lineage and Dungeon and Fighter, which is Dungeon Fighter Online in the west.
The items and in-game currency was then exchanged for cash via third-party MMO black market sites that deal with real-money-transactions. The software itself is also sold to other hackers as another revenue source.
One such group made over $6 million in a two year time span and was able to keep 55% of it, which is quite surprising that the government let them keep that much.
So next time you see some bot gold farming, it could be a North Korean hacker agent working for the government, so make sure to report them. This is war people!