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Former LulzSec Hacker Gets a Job As Security Adviser At Big UK Firm (softpedia.com) 38

An anonymous reader writes: Mustafa Al-Bassam, co-founder and former member of LulzSec under the alias tFlow, has announced he'll be joining Secure Trading, a UK-based online payments firm, assuming the role of security adviser. He'll be consulting the company on various ways to secure their upcoming blockchain-based payments system. The announcement comes two days after another hacker (GhostShell) revealed his true identity, just so he could get prosecuted, get it over with, and move on with his life by getting a legitimate job in the security industry.
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Former LulzSec Hacker Gets a Job As Security Adviser At Big UK Firm

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  • Rewarding Criminals! (Score:2, Informative)

    by mlw4428 ( 1029576 )
    It's like giving a rapist a job as a sex toy consultant.
    • by tnk1 ( 899206 )

      That's almost exactly what it is like. Like a rapist, these folks have documented proof, courtesy of the criminal justice system, that they have done penetrations.

    • Yep. Yet another sign that things aren't right when it comes to tech jobs. We have massive diversity problems because of asshole managers who demand that workers have zero personal life and 24/7/365 availability, driving women out of the industry.

      Those of us who did what we were told, didn't go blackhat with our skills, and didn't try to rock the boat hoping we'd get ahead didn't. Hell, a lot of us here have stories about being harassed, railroaded, and either threatened with criminal prosecution or actu

      • by Raenex ( 947668 )

        We have massive diversity problems because of asshole managers who demand that workers have zero personal life and 24/7/365 availability, driving women out of the industry.

        Oh Christ, not this shit again. Women, as a general rule, are not as interested in tech as men are. And having to be available 24/7 seems like a much bigger problem than "massive diversity problems". Then again, not every tech job is like that.

        Takeaway: if you want to go into tech to make a living, go blackhat. [..] Then when you're ready to get a normal job and are tired of dodging the authorities, just publicly dox yourself, serve a token sentence, and get hired for god knows how much!

        No thanks. I'd rather not spend a year or multiple years in prison. And I'm not a thief.

        • Women, as a general rule, are not as interested in tech as men are

          No, to paraphrase Raymond Chandler, some women are not as interested in tech as some men.

      • by hoggoth ( 414195 )

        You sound upset that you behaved, did as you were told, and didn't get rewarded.

        You are a salesperson. Everyone is a salesperson no matter what field you are in, and the product is yourself. Build an interesting 'brand' around yourself and you will get interest. Be a good little worker-ant in a quiet back room and you will not get noticed no matter how good you are. Mustafa isn't being rewarded for his poor ethics, he is being rewarded for having an interesting story that gets attention despite his poor eth

  • He goes to King's College... damn he has some serious money behind him
  • There's an interview on a romanian website with GhostShell where he explains why he doxed himself (it's in romanian, but google can translate it). I'm surprised this article didn't get pricked up by more news agencies: http://www.hotnews.ro/stiri-es... [hotnews.ro] He's been working in a UK factory for the last 3 years, 12 hour shifts because nobody in the IT industry would hire him. He doesn't really have marketable skills and he looks like a script kiddie that probably can't hack specific targets, but aims scripts an

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