July 30, 2012, 11:00 AM —
National Security Agency leader General Keith Alexander said at Def Con the NSA needs more control over the Internet structure. And he's hiring hackers.
Alexander also described the Internet as "at great risk from exploitation, disruption, and destruction," says Technology Review. 17 U.S. defense companies are working with the NSA already to send security alarms directly to the NSA.
Making the pitch "NSA wants to hire hackers" (CNN), Alexander told the standing-room-only audience, "We need great talent." He cited the role of DARPA in creating the Internet, and how the government now wants to keep it secure, with hacker help. One heckler yelled, "then stop arresting us."
Anyone who goes to work for the government, ESPECIALLY an agency that violates our right to privacy daily, is a traitor to the American people. If my child ever grew up to work for the NSA, I would disown him.
CandiceBrays on cnn.com
I don't want to hear any crap about how NSA control of the Internet would be 'good' for us. The General is a military jock who wants the military to control the internet for the military's purposes. He obviously thinks the American people are foolish enough to believe his drivel.
ruggedgeolife on technologyreview.com
The NSA already has hackers and illegal operations all over the United States. They are in your local phone switches and monitoring your internet usage every day. Don't go over to the dark side Luke,
Keith on cnn.com
What's your take? Do you applaud General Alexander for making a pitch at Def Con, or do think his appeal for more Internet control is the beginning of the end?