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Hire the Hackers - They Know It the Best!

Hire the Hackers is an approach to obtain the best people for advising how to use the modern technologies to help in a fight against unlawful detention

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The 21-year old computer whiz whose legal tussle with Sony triggered one of the largest assaults by the hacker community on a single company has found himself a steady job – with Facebook.George Hotz became a star among hackers under the internet pseudonym name GeoHot when he "unlocked" Apple's iPhone and then the Sony PlayStation games console. He posted details of how to alter software on the devices so that tech-savvy users could use them for unauthorized games and other applications. Facebook swooped to hire Mr Hotz last month, just weeks after he settled the lawsuit from Sony that so enraged fellow hackers that they launched an attack on the company that has cost it tens of millions of dollars to date.(http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/facebook-hires-hacker-who-started-sony-war-2304075.html)

Chris Putnam built some annoying worm-like pranks that spread like wildfire from Facebook profile to Facebook profile. He was a student at Georgia Southern University looking for something fun to do. He also built a hack that made Facebook profiles look like horrible MySpace profiles when you'd view an infected profile. Dustin Moskovitz at Facebook contacted Putnam with a friendly, but slightly peeved tone. They continued talking for a month or so. Before he knew it, Putnam was in an interview with Moskovitz and was offered a job. (http://www.businessinsider.com/facebook-just-hired-george-hotz-2011-6)

Those two stories show that even “the biggest ones” do not hesitate to use the proficient knowledge of young, enthusiastic and well-practiced software experts. They are the ones who can show what would be the best way to SECURE, WITHOUT POSSIBILITY TO BE DISCOVERED report on cases of detention or even providing the information where the victims have been seen the last time, what happened and even where they could be found.

Side effect: less illegal attempts of teh hired hacker :-)

What kind of resources are needed to get this idea off the ground and/or support it over time?

Money for salaries, culture to accept unusual solutions

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How could this idea also be adapted to work in low-tech situations?

Money for salaries, culture to accept unusual solutions

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There was recently a TED talk on this exact same subject, calling for companies and governments to hire those who show their superb ability with computer software instead of just putting them away in jail, citing that russia and korea have been hiring hackers both before and after they broke the law. I agree that we should be employing or working alongside hackers rather than jailing them up.

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Thanks a lot William, I will check it!

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