Thursday, August 07, 2008

Black Hat: Hackers: Uncle Sam Wants You

Sean Michael Kerner writes on

The U.S. government is actively engaged in the fight to help protect against Internet threats and cybercrime. And speaking before a packed ballroom here at the Black Hat security conference, they made it clear they want hackers to join the effort.

"The reason why we come here is we hope to attract folks to government service," said James Finch, assistant director of the FBI's cyber division. "And if we can't get you in service, then we want partnerships on working on security issues."

Those issues brought a handful of representatives from U.S. government agencies -- including the Department of Homeland Security's U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT), the FBI, NASA, the National Security Agency, the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, the Internal Revenue Service and the U.S. Air Force -- to speak to hackers and security experts here at Black Hat.

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