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You will never guess why the FBI is having trouble recruiting computer whizzes

Last week was a good one for the FBI in the fight against hackers and cyber criminals. On Monday, cyber-espionage charges were brought against five Chinese military hackers, and 97 more hackers were arrested in 16 different countries for spying on 500,000 computers.

It's progress indeed, but there are still countless hackers out there working hard to break the bank. The FBI knows that there's still a lot of work to be done. That's why Congress authorized the FBI to hire 2,000 new recruits (good guy hackers, if you will) to take on cyber crimes this year.

But there's a small problem. A lot of computer programmers and good hackers are stoners.

“I have to hire a great work force to compete with those cyber criminals and some of those kids want to smoke weed on the way to the interview,” [FBI Director James B.] Comey said.

Mr. Comey said that the agency was “grappling with the question right now” of how to amend the agency’s marijuana policies, which excludes from consideration anyone who has smoked marijuana in the previous three years, according to the FBI’s Web site. One conference goer asked Mr. Comey about a friend who had shied away from applying because of the policy. “He should go ahead and apply,” despite the marijuana use, Mr. Comey said.

It's a surprising move, considering the FBI shut down one of the biggest online drug marketplaces last year.

The FBI director said the agency had “changed both our mindset and the way we do business.” He said it worked less “in-box” than it had in the past.

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