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    IMO an interesting piece of commentary from Bloginfosec

    U.S. Government Enamored of Hackers

    By C. Warren Axelrod
    July 22, 2013

    Why is it that the U.S. Government not only wants to hire hackers but brags about it? And then, why are they surprised when the strategy backfires as it seemingly did with Edward J. Snowden? Christopher Drew and Scott Shane wrote an article “Résumé Shows Leaker Honed Hacking Skills” for the front page of The New York Times of July 5, 2013, which describes how Snowden trained in “ethical hacking” … a contradiction in terms if ever there was one.

    Four years ago, when the USG was actively seeking hackers to fill their cyber ranks, I wrote a piece with the title “Homeland Security Hires a Hacker and Brags About It” in which I commented about a Charlie Rose July 29, 2009 interview with Secretary Janet Napolitano, where the latter appeared to be almost gleeful at having co-opted black hats into her Department’s employ. It is clear from the recent events with Snowden that such a strategy might backfire.

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