Defcon owner now works for Homeland Security

Jeff Moss (a.k.a. The Dark Tangent) is widely known for his yearly convention called Defcon, where hackers from around the globe meet in Las Vegas to perform certain tasks and win prizes. Jeff is also the founder of Black Hat, a world premier technology security conference. His most popular feature event is called "Spot the fed" where real world hackers try and find the FBI agent sitting in the audience.

The 39 year old hacker, Jeff Moss was called late Friday and was asked to join the Homeland Security Advisory Council. Jeff Moss will help out in projects that are focused on protecting the southwest border with things like Fastpass and Safe Flight, protecting the technology component from other hackers who may try to compromise the technology.

Although many people want to see Bruce Schneier, a famous hacker who has written many books on security in the digital world, on the council instead, Jeff Moss says that he is "fantastically honored and excited to contribute" to the HSAC.

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No wonder hackers don't mind getting caught. Depending on how bad their illegal actions were, the better their chances of a guaranteed job for the guys who booked them. How ironic.

It's not about the money. He has sold BlackHat for millions, and Defcon gets him the real bucks.

If he joins HSAC, that's for other reasons above money: patriotism i.e ...

toadeater said,
They all sell out eventually.

How is it a sell out? If I were him, I'd jump at the chance, especially as Homeland Security is probably one of the only government branches that has been allocated significant funding to continue working. At least he's guaranteed a pay check!

badblood said,
How is it a sell out? If I were him, I'd jump at the chance, especially as Homeland Security is probably one of the only government branches that has been allocated significant funding to continue working. At least he's guaranteed a pay check!


Government = $$$
Private sector = $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

MMaster23 said,
Government = $$$
Private sector = $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

keep telling yourself that.

If a person commits a crime they have to suffer the penalties. Just hiring them and not pursuing the legal actions under the law doesn't deter hackers from breaking the law and instead encourages them to do so (as the best end up with a job so it becomes the ultimate status symbol).

This comment was directed at your general comment. I wasn't saying Jeff Moss was a crimminal or isn't as I simply know nothing about him.

warwagon said,
Finally they are getting a clue. Don't put the hackers in Jail, hire them!!

put them in jail, and then hire them while they have no other option... ask Mitnick

warwagon said,
Finally they are getting a clue. Don't put the hackers in Jail, hire them!!


Welllll they have been doing this for past couple decades. They just don't come out and say it, and really I don't think they care.