US Government warns against recruiting Information Technology workers from China, North Korea and Russia


United States government has issued a warning against recruitment of IT workers from countries like China, North Korea and Russia. The reason is that the Biden led government suspects such recruitments might turn dangerous to the national infrastructure.

As of now, an executive order to not recruit people from Democratic People’s Republic of Korea is doing rounds across all the federal agencies of the United States. And in the coming days, recruitments from China and Russia will follow.

Going into the crux of this story, companies willing to recruit foreign workers are being warned about picking workers from nations such as North Korea and two other countries from Asia.

This includes especially skilled labor in IT and Software sector and the order will also apply to those workers who are being recruited on freelance basis through platforms such as Fiver.

US State and Treasury Departments along with FBI feel such workers are taking advantage of freelance platforms and gaining contracts from countries such as US, Europe and Canada and are found sneaking into corporate networks to sniff of classical information that is then being passed to governments operating in adversary nations.

As most of the IT work is being conducted remotely, workers from some nations such as North Korea are using VPNs and fake identities to bag contracts, only to sell company secrets to interested hackers and nations across the world and make money to full fill the nuclear ambitions of Kim Jong Un.

Hope everyone from the recruitment sector is listening!


Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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