Kim Jong-Il, the movie-buff tyrant whose people starve while he sips cognac by the case, apparently has a thing for video games, too — at least as a way of getting money into
his fiefdom North Korea.
According to the South Korean authorities, Kim Jong-il is using the services of young Korean hackers in a virtual racketeering scheme to farm loot convertible to cash in an attempt to raise funds for militaristic government programs. No, seriously. We couldn’t make this s**t up.
Kim’s hacker squad was able to break into servers for South Korean MMOs and install software that allowed dozens of unmanned computers to play endlessly. The group then took its virtual winnings and exchanged them for real money at sites where players buy new clothes, swords and the like for their game characters. Authorities say that in two years, Kim netted about $2.7 million this way.
It’s good work if you can get it. No jobs like this on Dice, though.
Source: Attack of the Fanboy