NSA wants to hire hackers
July 28th, 2012
12:00 PM ET

NSA wants to hire hackers

Wearing a t-shirt and jeans, America's top spymaster - National Security Agency Director Gen. Keith Alexander, also the head of the U.S. Cyber Command - took the stage Friday at the nation's largest hacker convention to deliver a recruiting pitch.

"In this room, this room right here, is the talent our nation needs to secure cyberspace," Alexander told the standing-room-only audience at DefCon, a grassroots gathering in Las Vegas expected to draw a record 16,000 attendees this year. "We need great talent. We don't pay as high as everybody else, but we're fun to be around."

Print CommentAlexander's appearance is a milestone for DefCon, a hacker mecca with an often-uneasy relationship with the feds. DefCon is the older, wilder and far less official sibling of BlackHat, a cybersecurity conference that wrapped up Thursday in Las Vegas.

BlackHat draws corporate infosecurity workers in suits. At DefCon, they switch to t-shirts and spend the weekend mingling with cryptographers, script kiddies, security researchers and a liberal smattering of military and law enforcement agents - both in and out of uniform.

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  1. OffTheWorldPolitics

    If these guys to get recruited its gonna make those political witch hunts so much more fun. Just ask Anthony Weiner, or should I say former congressman Weiner...

    July 30, 2012 at 2:45 pm | Reply
  2. ed

    If the NSA doesn't already know who the top hackers are.................

    July 30, 2012 at 1:39 pm | Reply
  3. hector

    hackers of the world dont fall for these companies hiring you they want to use you harvest your knowledge and throw you out after words dont make it easy for the power elite to gain this info.

    July 29, 2012 at 10:37 pm | Reply
    • Striding Cloud

      That's a dumb idea, you don't think that China and other countries have top hackers doing the say thing to mess the US network up. We have people in the US with great skill at hacking, but they waste that skill on dumb stuff from impressing people or just for fun. Why not put that towards something better like helping out your country that you live in and get paid to do it. Some people join the military while some others can join NSA to help serve there country. That is what's wrong with a ton of Americans, selfish. All about me, me, me.

      July 30, 2012 at 11:05 am | Reply
  4. Sgt. Slaughter

    PATTON..... " You don't win the war by giving your life for your country, you win by making the enemy give their lives for their country"...... lol

    July 29, 2012 at 7:32 pm | Reply
  5. Mary Jane

    They are afraid of the people in that room that's why they want to hire them...Because they know that the worlds best hackers don't work for the US.....

    July 29, 2012 at 6:10 pm | Reply
  6. michaelfury

    Has your geek squad hacked this data yet, General?

    http://pulverizedtonearpower.wordpress.com/2012/07/12/pulverized-to-near-power/

    July 29, 2012 at 10:06 am | Reply
  7. mr. hat

    my hat is white, my hat is black, the holes i see are everywhere and anywhere, nothing stops me, 7 proxies won't work, but an electromagnet might.

    July 29, 2012 at 12:02 am | Reply
    • mr.hat is off his meds

      what is the profit of stealing ?

      July 29, 2012 at 4:49 am | Reply
  8. dreamer96

    We can increase our network security by not letting emails using Java go grab God only knows what from an oversea server...or load up a image or video file with an enbedding executable file..gee come on...I do hope the NSA has luck recuiting some top level hackers...it seems we are always playing catchup, instead of creating the new enviorment..and rules...

    July 28, 2012 at 6:56 pm | Reply
  9. George Patton

    Now the right-wing thugs in Washington seem to have found another way to kill people with our hard earned tax dollars! Just think of how easily that money could just as well spent on medical research for cancer, ALS, multiple sclerosis. macular dystrophy. and so on.....

    July 28, 2012 at 4:17 pm | Reply
    • Wolfhound

      Bla Bla Bla...why don't you go back to sipping your Tommy's Salty.

      July 28, 2012 at 6:19 pm | Reply
      • Killer O'Bama

        Thank you Wolfhound, I get awfully tired of having this dude George here bash my anti-Islam policies. Doesn't he know that there's a lot of money to be made? He must have read the Coran or something like that.

        July 28, 2012 at 11:06 pm |
  10. OffTheWorldPolitics

    It's all fun and games until your in the shower and there is a spy drone filming you through your window.

    July 28, 2012 at 3:38 pm | Reply
    • brown

      // The very reason you should not have windows in your bathroom :)

      July 28, 2012 at 11:43 pm | Reply
    • Mister Jones

      Yeah, well, I work out, so I am OK with that.

      July 30, 2012 at 1:41 pm | Reply
  11. ?

    i wonder how many of the people in that room already work for another country – say china for instance

    July 28, 2012 at 3:30 pm | Reply
  12. Mikey Kalish

    Ask for resumes from the following. They may be able to assist. They are pretty cyber savvy. LOL !

    TERRORIST GROUPS IN INDIA

    • RASHTRIYA SWAYAM SEWAK SHANG (R.S.S.)
    • VISHWA HINDU PARISHAD
    • HINDU MUNNANI
    • ARYA SAMAJ
    • SHIV SENA
    • BHARATIYA JANATA PARISHAD
    • SANT SAMITI
    • HINDU MAHASABHA
    • BAAJRANG DAL

    July 28, 2012 at 2:10 pm | Reply
    • GI Joe

      You are a funny guy.....

      July 28, 2012 at 8:50 pm | Reply
  13. Skrip kidy

    Yes, we need to defend against illegal activities by recruiting people who know how to break the law. Well, not every hacker is a criminal. The word hacker has come to get bad taste in the mouth. But ethical hacking is fringe hand in hand for security. To fight enemy, know the enemy.

    July 28, 2012 at 12:19 pm | Reply

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