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Meet The Company That Poached The FBI's Entire Silk Road Investigation Team (dailydot.com) 133

Patrick O'Neill quotes a report from The Daily Dot: The FBI team that brought down Silk Road has a new home. After headline-grabbing investigations, arrests, and prosecutions on some of America's highest-profile cybercriminals, five of U.S. law enforcement's most prized cybercrime aces have all left government service for greener pastures -- a titan consulting firm called Berkeley Research Group (BRG). BRG's newly hired gang of five includes former federal prosecutor Thomas Brown, as well as former FBI agents Christopher Tarbell, Thomas Kiernan, and Ilhwan Yum -- names that punctuated many of the biggest cybercrime stories of the last decade including Silk Road, LulzSec, Liberty Reserve, as well as the hacks of Citibank, PNC Bank, and the Rove Digital botnet; and the prosecution of Samarth Agrawal for stealing crucial code for high-frequency trading from the multinational, multibillion dollar bank Societe Generale. "Private industry provides a lot of opportunity," NYPD intelligence chief Thomas Galati told Congress earlier this year. "So I think the best people out there are working for private companies, and not for the government."
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Meet The Company That Poached The FBI's Entire Silk Road Investigation Team

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  • Not.

    "So I think the best people out there are working for private companies, and not for the government."

    • by Anonymous Coward

      Some of the best people in todays economy can't even find jobs at all. Few companies want to pay well or even have much demand for people who know what they're doing. This is why today's blight is people going to college and not finding jobs. If quality experienced talent has trouble finding jobs, what hope does a green behind the ears college grad have?

    • "So I think the best people out there are working for private companies, and not for the government."

      I wonder what percentage of the best-of-the-best are working for organized (or freelance) crime.

    • by mvdwege ( 243851 ) <mvdwege@mail.com> on Friday May 06, 2016 @03:09AM (#52059047) Homepage Journal

      So before they jumped to private industry, these guys were not the best?

      If you take a minute to think about, you'd see this is bullshit, like all such glib statements./p?

    • It depends. Smart, capable people will continue to work for the government in exchange for stable employment and fringe benefits (shorter work hours, more vacation time, cheap health / life insurance, good pension). The best of the bunch obviously will go private sector because getting more than double the salary means you can spend half the year unemployed and have the same quality of life as the government folk.

  • by DougDot ( 966387 )

    "Private industry provides a lot of opportunity," NYPD intelligence chief Thomas Galati told Congress earlier this year. "So I think the best people out there are working for private companies, and not for the government."

  • A great strategy. If you can't do it better than your competitor, get rid of the competitor.

  • by QuietLagoon ( 813062 ) on Thursday May 05, 2016 @10:25PM (#52058381)
    ... just how much of the faux outrage on this is because of the fact that private companies are able to pay qualified people more than our government can pay them. And how much of that outrage is from people who consistently vote to cut government budgets.

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    So much of what I hear about government ineptitude is due to the underfunding of those people by the very people who consistently vote to cut the budgets. If I didn't know better, I would say that thier voting patterns are in a positive feedback loop that does not result in a good solution.

    • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

      The U.S. government does not need more money. It has plenty. It takes a huge, huge amount of the entire U.S. economy to pay for itself. The last thing it needs is more money.

      Increasing the amount of money the government has will never stop government employees from being hired away by private industry. What WILL stop it is strong anti-corruption laws. This revolving door is well-known and well-appreciated by the DC elite. Obama - the man who has repeatedly pledged to crack down on Wall Street wrongd

      • by gtall ( 79522 )

        " It takes a huge, huge amount of the entire U.S. economy to pay for itself."

        Would this be the 2/3 of the budget that goes for entitlements? That 2/3s? You do recall the entitlements, yes? SS so Grandma doesn't move in with you, Medicare so she's not siphoning your bank account to pay for her prescriptions. With respect to the other 1/3, about 1/2 of that is military. Their job is not to cede the sea lanes to those nice Chinese. Keeping Iran from causing even more havoc in the mideast, keeping Israel from b

    • Underfunding? Hey, maybe the individuals who work the public sector are getting paid less, but the institutions themselves spend several times more than private sector businesses to run. It is not tax payers fault that the government chooses to underpay its more valuable staff, and then pay $600 for a hammer, or $2000 for 5 year old PCs with 10 year extended warranties (that somehow do not cover any broken parts that are no longer manufactured [which is all of them]).

    • So much of what I hear about government ineptitude is due to the underfunding of those people

      Nope, the problem is because you cannot FIRE any govt employee that has made it much past the evaluation period, it is basically a job for life.

      And God help you, if you are female or a minority, you are even more golden...'cause if you even hint you want to try the multi-year effort to oust them, they will hit you with some sort of racial/sexist lawsuit which will cost them much more money than just simply keepin

      • by Alomex ( 148003 )

        And God help you, if you are female or a minority, you are even more golden.

        I call BS. Women in government are close to 50%. It would be hard to prove gender discrimination in those cases.

  • Does this include the investigator who tried to steal rather a lot of bitcoin?

    Ah, a bit of googling and it appears he was sentenced to several years in prison, so, I guess the "entire team" wasn't hired.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      Well maybe it would be more correct to say "the entire team went into private enterprise" ?

  • Opportunity? (Score:5, Informative)

    by irrational_design ( 1895848 ) on Friday May 06, 2016 @12:36AM (#52058731)

    Is "opportunity" a new euphemism for money?

    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      by Anonymous Coward

      No, it's the same old euphemism for money that it's always been.

    • Yet it's not just money, it's also freedom from a very large and highly restrictive bureaucracy. Believe it or not, a lot of people don't mind the money persay, but they may get frustrated with the slow moving and extremely cumbersome government machinery which may not even recognize them well for what they do. If a consulting company like BRG offers them a chance to serve the country but with the greater freedom offered by a private company, I could see them jumping ship.
  • Good: Dumbing-down the organs of state security that now just wipe their ass with the Constitution.

    Bad: FedGov will just hire these goons by lucrative contract (with the understanding they themselves will be rewarded with an early retirement golden parachute) to assist the DOJ to yet again subvert the Rule of Law with more Parallel Construction tyranny.
  • by Anonymous Coward

    without the blanket of state authority to pull unethical BS. I have heard first hand accounts of SR users being intimidated into giving up SR logins. Which in itself wouldn't be suspect BUT; none of them were charged with anything, no paperwork was ever served and no warrants were ever seen except at arms length like some sort of conman flashing a fake badge. One report I heard had the person flatly refuse the first request, where apon his house was swarmed by "sheriffs", "cops", and "feds" picking over his

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