Feds seek hackers to help in cyber warfare
August 3, 2011
“Today it’s cyber warriors that we’re looking for, not rocket scientists,” Richard George, technical director of the NSA’s cyber defenses, told Reuters. “That’s the race that we’re in today. And we need the best and brightest to be ready to take on this cyber warrior status.”
Numerous U.S. government agencies, including the CIA and the Pentagon, have been the targets of cyber attacks seeking to pilfer classified information, with many of the hacks originating from nation states such as China rather than from rogue individuals.
To meet the rising threat of cyber warfare, the government has mounted an aggressive campaign to hire qualified hackers.
Jeff Moss, a hacker known as Dark Tangent who founded DEF CON and advises the Department of Homeland Security on cyber security, said that finding the right people for the job was not a matter of looking at a resume.
“They need people with the hacker skill set, hacker mindset,” Moss said. “It’s not like you go to a hacker university and get blessed with a badge that says you’re a hacker. It’s a self-appointed label — you think like one or you don’t.”