Would you hire a hacker?

By Phantasm66 · 6 replies
Sep 22, 2004
  1. You hear stories about this all the time: some hacker gets caught snooping on some corporate network, gets sent to jail, does his (or her) time, and then promptly on release gets hired by the same company they just violated as a security expert.

    I have often put these kinds of stories down to being something not unlike a kind of "computing urban myth", but that was until Sven Jaschan, an 18-year-old from Waffensen in Lower Saxony, who is also thought to be behind the Netsky virus and is currently awaiting trial for his virus-writing antics, was hired by German firewall company Securepoint.

    If you think about this, it kind of makes sense. The chap was a teenager when he did the crime - he's likely to grow up and never do anything similar again. And, he obviously has the required skills, or at least the kind of mind and talent needed.

    This of course begs the question of other company CIOs - would you hire a hacker? Surprisingly, it looks like 50% of those asked said yes...
  2. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 5,734   +8

    damn right I'd hire a hacker. I'd make him technical lead for the whole firewall team. I'd make him head of security.

    There's still enough ego-stroking in that to keep him happy, and the money will be sweet. Of course its the answer.

    Or is it?
  3. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 5,734   +8

    That's what I think we do need... good viruses hunting the bad.
  4. Godataloss

    Godataloss TS Rookie Posts: 482

    I think if you get convicted of a computer-related crime that causes widespread damage, you should be forbidden to ever work with PC's again. It's like letting a recovering alcoholic tend your bar for you. Not to mention an implicit encouragement for a-holes to write the viri in the first place- hoping to score a job.
  5. ---agissi---

    ---agissi--- TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,978   +15

    ya thats a very good point godataloss.. thats why we need to find a "good hacker" : )
  6. Per Hansson

    Per Hansson TS Server Guru Posts: 1,957   +214

    Well, if I ever wrote a virus it would be one that activated the firewall in XP, and if not XP downloaded the free Zonealarm. The it would install all windows updates on the computer and when that was done it would download the free AVG antivirus and update it and then run it to remove all viruses (including mine)

    That would get rid of 95% of the SPAM and 99% of the viruses in the world IMHO
  7. ---agissi---

    ---agissi--- TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,978   +15

    tru - nice
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