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­k Looks to Young Geeks to Secure Cyberspace

By The Associated Press

June 26, 2009

Britain is hiring former computer hackers to join a new security unit aimed at protecting cyberspace from foreign spies, thieves and terrorists, the country's terrorism minister said. Alan West said the technology-savvy staff will join efforts to trace the source of — and prevent — cyber attacks on Britain's government, businesses and individuals. The country also will develop its capability to wage cyber warfare against the country's foes, he said.

But Eugene Spafford, a professor of computer science at Purdue University, in Indiana, said it won't be easy for all former hackers to become cyberspace police. "Knowing how to break a window is different from knowing how to fix it or to install it," he said. "They may find flaws, but that doesn't know they know how to fix the system."

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