Report: NSA to recruit from DEFCON attendee pool

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Hackers attending the annual DEFCON show in Las Vegas this weekend won't just have the opportunity to see stimulating presentations and network with peers – they also may be able to score a government job. According to a report in Reuters, the National Security Agency will be at the $150-cash-only event, recruiting some of the brightest computer security minds to join the U.S. government as "cyber warriors." The NSA is looking to hire 3,000 people over the next two fiscal years for roles in cyber offense and defense.  But this isn't the first time U.S. government agencies have been at DEFCON to recruit potential employees. In fact, the show's founder, Jeff Moss, is also a member of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Advisory Council. On the flip side, federal authorities also have made arrests at the show.
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