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Computer hackers disillusioned by the NSA spy programs

Aug 10, 2013

It appears that the NSA is having a difficult time hiring the "best and brightest" computer hackers these days. It is one of the consequences of the NSA's persecution of Edward Snowden. It seems that many of them have become disillusioned with the NSA's spying program.The NSA has always recruited them, partly for their expertise, but mostly out of fear that the hackers could be dangerous if they work AGAINST the NSA.

Well, the hackers have spoken. I can only imagine how serious the situation is. It's the equivalent of a team of Navy Seals defecting to "the enemy" when they discover they are on the wrong side of right and wrong.


Many of the computer hackers the federal government has relied upon for national cyber-security are now turning away, irate over revelations the National Security Agency has been actively spying on Americans.

“The NSA and other intelligence agencies had made major inroads in recent years, in hiring some of the best and brightest,” reported Reuters’ Joseph Menn from a pair of hacker conventions held in Las Vegas last week. “Much of that goodwill has been erased after the NSA’s classified programs to monitor phone records and Internet activity were exposed by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.”....

“We’ve gone backwards about 10 years in the relations between the good guys and the U.S. government,” said Alex Stamos, a veteran security researcher who was speaking at one of the Vegas conventions....

“I haven’t seen this level or sort of animosity since the ’90s,” commented Moss.

The reason for the animosity? The NSA spying scandal.

“A lot of people feel betrayed by it,” said HD Moore, an executive at security firm Rapid 7. “What bothers me is the hypocritical bit – we demonize China, when we’ve been doing these things and probably worse.”

“I don’t think anyone should believe anything they tell us,” former NSA hacker Charlie Miller said of top intelligence officials. “I wouldn’t work there anymore.”

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