Government Looking for Ethical Hackers

Kara Reeder

The government is looking for a few good computer hackers.


General Dynamics Information Technology has put out a help wanted ad on behalf of the Homeland Security Department for applicants who can "think like the bad guy." Interested parties must "understand hackers' tools and tactics and be able to analyze Internet traffic and identify vulnerabilities in the federal systems," according to the Associated Press.

The Register reports that Defense Secretary Robert Gates has asked for funds to increase the number of experts it trains each year from 80 to 250 by 2011.


U.S. networks are under constant attack. Recently it was reported that Chinese and Russian spies penetrated the U.S. electrical grid. The request for ethical hackers also coincides with the end of a 60-day review into the U.S.'s cyber defenses.

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