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Xeni Jardin at 3:04 pm Fri, Sep 23, 2011
It beats interning, I suppose.
Here may be in for a rude surprise.
DoD + water boarding -> good at what they do.
Well I suppose that’s one way to look at it.
FYI: waterboarding was CIA & contractors (Blackwater/Xe, Triple Canopy, DynCorp, et al).
Sorry kid, any kind of police record and you don’t pass the background check. No DOD job for you. Ever. You’ll be lucky to be coding metadata for rubber dog shit out of Hong Kong.
I don’t suppose the DoD might misplace a police record for a good hacker?
I’d bet they would. They will keep a VERY short leash on that kid, though.
A great hacker would just misplace it themselves.
If he’s good enough, many sins can be overlooked.
He may not be HIRED by DoD, but DoD doesn’t always look to close at the backgrounds of the employees of Contractors. (cf Blackwater,er “XE”).
Except not being caught would be one of the requisites.
LOL if you think that the DOD never hires hackers, I have, like, TEN bridges to sell you.
Wasn’t it the DoD’s system failures that allowed Wikileaks to get hold of a trove of diplomatic cables & classified information on America’s wars?
Good at what they do. Ha, that’s a good one!
Yeah, a good hacker has no trouble at all finding legitimate work once they’ve paid their debt. The question is whether or not this kid is a good hacker or if he just downloaded a couple scripts.
It is more interesting to stop and give thought to the “hacks” LulzSec and others committed.
They did not require much skill to penetrate these systems, and the actual damage caused was more embarrassment for the targets being exposed as inept and uncaring about the rules.
We have a worldwide manhunt to capture these “hardened” criminals.
Now on the other hand we have the banks, where the actions of a few lead to serious damage to the entire economy. They were skilled and worked at making their actions look legal and appropriate when they were often neither. They did not care about the rules, and shifted the burden to everyone but themselves.
We have a worldwide bailout of businesses who took actions that should have been criminal.
They arrest the suspects in the hacking and threaten to throw the book at them.
The others were handed money, and politely asked if they’d like to keep screwing us.
So the lesson here is what exactly?
That embarrassing those with power and money who are breaking the rules is worse that causing financial ruin?
And its nice everyone is talking about what happens to him because he has a record…
Innocent until proven guilty… it applies to him, because hes not a terrorism suspect yet.
And how much more sad would it be to find out he is just a pasty, framed by someone else to deliver a face we can all blame and then go back to thinking corporations are actively protecting our data and everything is fine.
Does this ever happen like in the movies, where companies or govt agencies hire a hacker after some well-publicized crime?
I do not understand. I think this is a very contrived way to get to design adventures for Dungeons and Dragons.