Ex Hackers Hired by Google earlier hacking military sites
Pentagon and US Department of Defense ex-hacker Peiter Zatko... also known as "Mudge"... has been recently hired by Google. The cracker spent about three years working for a secretive military research bureau funded by the government. Zatko was actually part of DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) and was poached by Google so that they could (probably) take advantage of the man's extensive knowledge when it comes to classified government projects, or at the very least use the skills that served him all these years to commercial use for Google's benefit (the latter is the more likely scenario, of course). Mudge will be doing his own research, although it hasn't been disclosed exactly what research he's going to do.
Available information does state that the ex-hacker
Will assume a role (it wasn't specified what kind of role it is) in the Advanced Technology and Projects division of Motorola Mobility. Google acquired the Motorola phone business the same way it did the YouTube Flash video site for about $12.5 billion about two years ago, in 2011. Around that period, many though that Google wanted a piece of the mobile phone market pie by snapping up the phone company and acquiring its phone patents that promise to revolutionize the hardware market for telephony. At any rate, Mudge is now together with his former DARPA superior Regina Dugan at Google (she was hired in 2012).
In the Eighties, Mudge was known as part of a hacker thinktank known as L0pht. Afterwards, he spearheaded a movement that compels organizations both government and corporate to be more transparent and honest about the vulnerabilities and security flaws they have so that these holes could be plugged up more efficiently by white hat hackers instead of covertly taken advantage of by black hat hackers thanks to their needless dishonesty and deceit. Peiter's activism also resulted in AntiSniff, which is a ubiquitous program that monitors and counteracts sniffer apps utilized by online outlaws and virtual villains to capture data packets that travel across the network for nefarious purposes.
This is part of the reason why companies nowadays are more than ever willing to acknowledge and fix flaws that are called upon their attention when compared to before, where they'll more likely sweep up any code flaws under the rug thinking that it could lead to public relations nightmares of sorts. Zatko was also one of the first crackers out there to testify in front of the United States Senate in order to state his case regarding how the Internet can be brought down to its knees in a manner of minutes if IT security were to remain at the state it was in back in the day.
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