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North Korea is selling facial recognition tech to unwitting companies

North Korea is selling facial recognition tech to unwitting companies
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And it’s not just facial recognition technology. The rogue state is also selling fingerprint-scanning technology, VPN and encryption software, and even building websites for clients in other countries, reports NPR. The news is based off a report on North Korea’s IT networks by the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies. The state is reportedly selling the tech through a series of front companies that can be traced back to the North Korean regime.

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Among its customers, the report says, are large companies in China, European firms, “at least one reputable defense firm in a U.S.-allied country,” parts of the Nigerian government, and possibly even a U.S. primary school and law enforcement agencies. One alleged North Korean-affiliated company called Future TechGroup even won a prestigious award in Switzerland for its facial recognition technology.

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