News Corp. Doing Business With North Korea
Reported by Ellen - September 8, 2010 -
According to Bloomberg News, two mobile-phone video games developed by programmers from North Korea's General Federation of Science and Technology are raising cash for the impoverished dictatorship - thanks to a division of News Corp which publishes games for mobile phones.
News Corp is not just doing business with and helping to make money for a country that is part of Fox News' axis of evil, it may be compromising the interests of the United States. Bloomberg reports:
Better trained programmers may also bolster the regime’s cyberwarfare capabilities, said Kim Heung Kwang, who taught computer science at universities in the north for 19 years before defecting to South Korea in 2004. South Korea’s presidential office said July 28 the nation had received intelligence that North Korea may plan an Internet-based attack.
Won Sei Hoon, director of South Korea’s National Intelligence Service, told lawmakers last October that North Korea’s postal ministry was responsible for cyber attacks in July 2009 on dozens of websites in South Korea and the U.S.
...Any sort of transaction that gives cash to the North Korean government works against U.S. policy,” said James Lewis, a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a Washington-based policy group. “The coding skills people would acquire in outsourcing activities could easily strengthen cyberwar cyber-espionage capabilities. Mobile devices are the new frontier of hacking.”
North Korea’s information technology push began in the 1980s as the government sought to bolster the faltering economy, said defector Kim. That drive also led to the creation of a cyber-military unit in the late 1990s, he said. He runs North Korea Intellectuals Solidarity, a group composed of defectors who have graduated from North Korean universities.
So let's see... Fox News' self-described patriots such as Sean Hannity and Glenn Beck work for a company in bed with both a radical-imam-and-mosque-funding, America-dissing Saudi prince and North Korea. Can we expect any big resignations coming soon? Don't hold your breath.
What's next? News Corp doing business with Iran?