Fox Publishing North Korean-Developed Mobile Games

September 7, 2010 -

A unit of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. has published a pair of North Korean-developed mobile games, causing some pundits to wonder about the legality of such dealings.

As detailed by Bloomberg, North Korea’s General Federation of Science and Technology developed the games: a 2007 bowling game named Big Lebowski Bowling and another based on the Men in Black movies. Both games were sourced through the Nosotek Joint Venture Company, which is billed as the “first western IT venture” in North Korea, and offers to provide invoices through “a Hong Kong or Chinese company.”

The mobile games were originally published by Ojom GmbH, which was part of a company called Jamba, that was eventually snatched up by News Corp. and rebranded as Fox Mobile. Bloomberg asked Fox Mobile’s Juliane Walther if her company distributed games made in North Korea. She answered by saying that Fox Mobile “has extensive partnerships with content producers in all areas, with operators, and with the biggest media companies worldwide, including various Asian companies.”

While some worry that money flowing into North Korea could boost that country’s cyber warfare knowledge and capabilities, others, like James Lewis from the Center for Strategic and International Studies, question the legality of such tranasactions.

Lewis stated:

Any sort of transaction that gives cash to the North Korean government works against U.S. policy. The coding skills people would acquire in outsourcing activities could easily strengthen cyberwar cyber-espionage capabilities. Mobile devices are the new frontier of hacking.

U.S. sanctions against North Korea have been ongoing since 1955 and were just recently increased by President Obama.


Comments

Re: Fox Publishing North Korean-Developed Mobile Games

How the hell can Murdoch reconcile his anti-socialist pro-America ideaology when his company is doing business like this? 

Re: Fox Publishing North Korean-Developed Mobile Games

Quite easily: He is making money.

Re: Fox Publishing North Korean-Developed Mobile Games

Lets not forget that Fox news is part owned by the guy who is trying to get the Muslim Community Center near ground zero.  You know, the guy who owns a foundation that Fox News claims gives money to terrorists?  The Daily Show has been making fun of it for a while.  Yeah, Murdoch is just a greedy $%&@.

Wait, since this goes against U.S sanctions can Fox Corp. get in trouble (legaly speaking)?

Re: Fox Publishing North Korean-Developed Mobile Games

I know the irony is quite delicious.

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