Hackers Wanted

Back in February the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) launched a program called ‘Cyber Fast Track’ to help build its cyber security efforts. Each year the program is expected to fund almost a hundred cyber security and software research projects. By funding programs like these, the government hopes to build relations with the hacker community in order to build a stronger defense system.

According to the article, DARPA researchers found that an everyday hacker could create a code consisting of 125 lines that could crack 10 million lines of code. So, a hacker could be really useful in strengthening the security efforts for the government.

It’s about time that the government is on the same side as the hacker community, but this also brings to question. Are hackers willing to be on the same side for a simple paycheck? Or are they better off on their own and getting access to information more valuable than that paycheck? It’s really up to the hackers if they want to do good to get the goods or be bad to get better goods.

http://cybersecuritynews.org/2011/02/07/hackers-wanted-for-cyber-fast-track/#comments

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  1. There are at least 2 kinds of hackers, the ones that do it for money and then everyone else. Obviously the ones that do it for money would probably be alright getting paid from the government.
    As for the rest of them, I think a very large part of why hackers are ‘hackers’ is because of the way that society views them and the government treats them. I don’t know if government employing hackers is really fixing that societal stigma, or making them any more accepted. It’s more that they’re just using them.

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