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Feds go Hat in hand to seek help.
Written by Daniel   
Monday, 06 August 2007 16:03
Feds Turn to Black Hats
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AUGUST 3, 2007 | LAS VEGAS -- Black Hat USA -- Some of the top names in law enforcement raided this hacker haven yesterday, but they weren't out to make a bust -- they were here to ask for help.

Nearly a dozen top-ranking government and law enforcement officials -- including the head of the FBI's cybercrime division -- spent an hour with Black Hat attendees in a session called "Meet the Fed." Their message: Work with us, not against us.
"We'd like to ask you for your help and your expertise when we call you," Jim Finch, assistant director of the FBI in charge of cybercrime, told the attendees. "We'd also like to get some of you to come and work for us."

The agency officials -- which included execs from the Department of Defense, the National Security Agency, the Internal Revenue Service, the U.S. Postal Service, and even NASA -- all conceded that they don't have enough skilled security people to adequately fight cybercrime.

"Sometimes we feel like we're a bunch of sheriffs on horseback, trying to catch bad guys who are driving Maseratis," said Andrew Fried, a special agent who works cybercrime for the IRS.

The agency representatives agreed that their current approach -- trying to teach law enforcement agencies about computers -- isn't working.... More

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