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Lamo- will hack for patriotism

Discussion in 'Wikileaks' started by User Name Change, Jun 5, 2011.

  1. Lamo, 30, is now positioning himself as a kind of patriotic hacker-for-hire who has publicly demonstrated his loyalty to the United States in no uncertain terms. In fact, he says, he's already been approached for a possible job.
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    File photo: Adrian Lamo holds Wanted: Dead or Alive poster with his face on it that anonymously appeared at the HOPE hacker conference last summer
    (Credit: Declan McCullagh/CNET)
    "I would love to, as a contractor, help the government take out some of the vectors that the hackers originating from China are using to gain access to our classified, to our sensitive systems," he says. "There's no need for a security clearance when it's not our government systems I'd be working on."
    Obtaining a security clearance might, of course, prove to be a bit of a challenge: the so-called homeless hacker pleaded guilty in 2004 to federal felony charges stemming from his electronic intrusions into the New York Times' computer network.
    Among the community of hackers who coalesce around events like Defcon, the Chaos Communication Congress, and HOPE, internecine spats, shifting alliances, and outsize personalities are nothing new. But by encouraging Manning to confide in him, and then turning the soldier in to military and civilian authorities, Lamo has become a uniquely polarizing figure.

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