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[ISN] Kim Jong Il Bowls for Murdoch's Dollars With Korean Video Games

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_nospam>
Date: Tue Sep 07 2010 - 05:25:25 GMT

By Matthew Campbell and Bomi Lim
Sept 6, 2010

North Korean leader Kim Jong Il has found an unlikely ally to help raise
cash for his impoverished regime: The Dude, the pot-smoking
underachiever played by Jeff Bridges in the movie "The Big Lebowski."

Programmers from North Korea’s General Federation of Science and
Technology developed a 2007 mobile-phone bowling game based on the 1998
film, as well as "Men in Black: Alien Assault," according to two
executives at Nosotek Joint Venture Company, which markets software from
North Korea for foreign clients. Both games were published by a unit of
News Corp., the New York-based media company, a spokeswoman for the unit

They represent a growing software industry championed by Kim that is
boosting the economy of one of the poorest countries in the world and
raising the technological skills of workers. Contracting with North
Korean companies is legal under United Nations sanctions unless they are
linked to the arms trade.

"From the government’s point of view, foreign currency is the main
reason to nurture and support these activities," said Andrei Lankov, an
academic specializing in North Korea at Seoul- based Kookmin University.
"These activities help to fund the regime, but at the same time they
bring knowledge of the outside world to people who could effect change."


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