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NSA Hiring At Black Hat 139

jfruhlinger writes "It may seem strange that the US government would be recruiting tech talent at Black Hat, a security conference whose participants have a notorious ambivalence about keeping within the letter of the law. But the NSA — a shadowy organization with its own reputation for dodgy behavior — is there recruiting, and pitching itself as a haven for geeks."
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NSA Hiring At Black Hat

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  • by lordandmaker ( 960504 ) on Tuesday August 02, 2011 @05:26PM (#36965202) Homepage

    That's exactly the sort of place I'd expect them to be recruiting.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday August 02, 2011 @05:39PM (#36965372)

    There are black hats and then there are black hats.

    Put another way... there are black hats (regular) who can be a real nuisance and make the life of one corporation or a few individuals really hellish for a while...

    Then there are black hats (government-sponsored) who are totally fucking evil, amoral bastards who would slit their grandma's throat if their commander said it was in the interests of national security. They would of course have full immunity from any murder prosecution after having slit their grandma's throat. They don't feel evil and no one tells them they are evil because after all it's in the line of duty and that makes everything OK.

    If you are willing to work for a shadowy unaccountable government agency that loves to violate the rights of its own countrymen, well, you didn't have much character or moral/ethical fiber to begin with. Compared to that, Anon/Lulzsec at least wait until a corporation or person acts like a total asshole and inconveniences many people before they give them a hard time.

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