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February 18, 2016

And why do the best hackers on the planet not work for the FBI?

Because the FBI will not hire anyone with a 24-inch purple mohawk, 10-gauge ear piercings, and a tattooed face who demands to smoke weed while working and won't work for less than a half-million dollars a year. But you bet your ass that the Chinese and Russians are hiring similar people with similar demands and have been for many years. It's why we are decades behind in the cyber race. MCAFEE: I'll decrypt San Bernardino phone free - Business Insider

Posted by gerardvanderleun at February 18, 2016 2:39 PM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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I have my doubts that any hackers employed by the Chinese government have huge Mohawks, ginormous ear piercings, and the rest of that flapdoodle. And Vlad Putin - yeah, I suspect he really isn't too much into the "let your freak flag fly" school of philosophy either.

I base this on the historical pattern that the more authoritarian the system, the more likely the outward forms of conformity are enforced. I could be wrong, that the PRC and Russia are home to all sorts of free-thinking, especially when in very sensitive government employment.

I could be wrong.

Posted by: Mikey [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 18, 2016 6:56 PM

The FBI not only can't hire hackers, it doesn't know how to shop for one either. Going to Apple was dumb. They should have gone to Bulgaria, Romania, Russia or the like and it could already have been cracked fast and cheap, no questions asked.

Posted by: BillH [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 19, 2016 3:08 PM

BillH -- you mean the same folks that have mirrors of HRC's e-mail server?

Posted by: OldFert [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 19, 2016 8:28 PM

Fert - No. The ones with HRC's server are in espionage. The crackers are capitalists. There probably is some lateral movement between the industries though.

Posted by: BillH [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 20, 2016 6:50 AM

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