Friday, June 26, 2009

U.K. Employs ‘Naughty Boys’ to Battle Other Hackers

WIRED
Great Britain has launched a new cyber security command center to help combat network intruders and forge offensive attacks against opponents.

The country has hired a number of former hackers to help staff the new Cyber Security Operations Center, which will begin functioning in September.

“You need youngsters who are deep into this stuff…. If they have been slightly naughty boys, very often they really enjoy stopping other naughty boys,” said Lord West, who was appointed Britain’s first cyber security minister.

Tom Watson, a former Cabinet Office minister, told the BBC that the center was needed because there was a lot of “state-sponsored hacking of key U.K. information networks on an industrial scale and we have to transform GCHQ into a spy school for geeks who are more cunning than their Chinese counterparts.”

The new cyber security center will be based in Cheltenham at Britain’s famed secret eavesdropping facility known as GCHQ (Government Communications Headquarters).

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