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North Korea Farming for Gold, Nukes, and Rolexes?

NYTimes.com reports on a group of North Korean computer hackers operating out of Northern China to exploit South Korean game servers for online games such as Lineage to gather in-game gold, with some of the proceeds going back to Supreme Leader Kim Jong-il's coffers, where it may contribute to the purchase of Nukes and Rolexes. They say the gold farmers have raised $6 million USD in under two years, with a portion of the share paid to the hackers being sent back to Pyongyang. Word is: "South Korean and American officials say they believe the slush fund is worth billions, and that Mr. Kim uses it to help finance his nuclear weapons programs and to smuggle Rolex watches and other luxury goods, which he doles out to buy the allegiance of the party and the military elite. Meanwhile, the bulk of his people suffer privation and myriad hardships." Thanks Ant via Slashdot.

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7. Re: North Korea Farming for Gold, Nukes, and Rolexes? Aug 9, 2011, 20:39 Grokk
 
I think this deserves a place on Blues like anything else related to gaming.
Gold farming and the rmt market is worth billions across a wide assortment of games and indirectly affects 10's of millions of people.
The slightly alarmist headline might not be gaming specific, but it does have a tie in.
 
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