7 Hackers Who Got Legit Jobs From Their Exploits

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  1. Partyxanimal

    Partyxanimal Well-Known Member

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    I thought this was kinda interesting :dontknow:

    Website article

    1-Apple hires jailbreak app developer

    Peter Hajas is the creator of uber-popular iOS jailbreak app MobileNotifier, a notification system that resembles Google Android’s in that it seamlessly layers and stacks your mobile notifications on top of running apps.

    A few months after the app launched, Hajas blogged that he was taking a “hiatus" from creating jailbreak apps, and then he not-so-subtly tweeted that he was joining a “fruit" company. Now, Hajas’ profile says he is an intern at Appleâ€â€the typical entry path for every developer there.
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    2-Microsoft, then Google grab Nintendo Wiimote hacker

    Johnny Chung Lee is more of a modder than a hacker (which some would argue is just a matter of shades of grey). Lee is a computer scientist who famously hacked a Nintendo Wiimote in 2008 using a few ballpoint pens and infrared lights. He was then hired by Microsoft to develop the Kinect. This January, Google poached him to become a "rapid evaluator" on experimental applications.
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    3-U.S. government grabs old-school hacker

    Jeff Moss is the founder of the Black Hat and DEF CON computer hacker conferences, but back in the pre-bubble 1980s he ran underground bulletin board systems for hackers. In 2009, he was rewarded with a consultant job offer by the U.S. Homeland Security Advisory Council and in April, became chief security officer for ICANN. Apparently this isn’t an atypical path: The Guardian recently said that one in four hackers is now on the U.S. federal payroll
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    4-Facebook hires Facebook worm creator


    During his early college years at Georgia Southern University, Chris Putnam and his friends created an XSS-based worm on Facebook and modified infected pages to look just like MySpace profiles.

    In 2006 Putnam, then 19 years old, received a Facebook note from co-founder Dustin Moskovitz that read something like this (in Putnam’s own words): "Hey, this was funny but it looks like you are deleting contact information from users' profiles when you go to replicate the worm again. That's not so cool."

    The two kept in touch and as soon as Putnam decided to drop out of college to uproot himself to Silicon Valley, Muskovitz offered him a job as an engineer. One of his accomplishments so far: developing Facebook’s video application.
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    5-From iPhone worm creator to iPhone app developer


    In 2009, a then 21-year-old Australian named Ashley Towns stayed up late one night downloading iOS app development programs, and unwittingly created the first known iPhone worm. The virus automatically set a photo of singer Rick Astley’s face as your mobile wallpaper, possibly the ultimate "Rickroll." Towns was quickly hired by mogeneration, an iPhone app developer based in Sydney, Australia.
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    6-Twitter worm creator becomes app developer


    Also in 2009, a 17-year-old high school student from Brooklyn named Michael “Mikeyy" Mooney coded a Twitter worm that sent tweets from hundreds of accounts, mostly with links to a spam website or Mooney’s phone number. Twitter co-founder Biz Stone likened Mooney’s worm to the Samy worm that hit MySpace in 2005 and vowed to press charges.

    In an interview with ABC News, Mooney said he received several job offers after the attack. The one he accepted was as a developer for Oregon-based web application developer, exqSoft Solutions.
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    7-Wired hires FBI hacker

    Kevin Poulsen hacked into L.A.’s KIIS-FM radio station to rig a competition that eventually scored him a Porsche. He followed up with breaches into FBI computers. Naturally this put the federal agency in hot pursuit of the black hat hacker. He was arrested in 1991 and served five years in prison in addition to paying a $56,000 fine for charges of mail, wire, and computer fraud. Upon serving his sentence, Poulsen became a journalist, and is now a senior editor at Wired magazine. One of his most notable achievements was creating a program that identified hundreds of sex offenders on MySpace.
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  2. PullMyFinger

    PullMyFinger Hors d'oeuvre Addict VIP

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    I wonder how these guys are viewed by the hacking community after "going straight". Are they looked upon as successfully making it in their chosen field or are they considered to be a bunch of sellouts who are working for "the man"? :bigthink:
     
  3. low selfestitle

    low selfestitle Moderator Staff Member

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    If it's a gig with Apple or Google, there's probably some jealousy at play.
     
  4. tomtom

    tomtom Well-Known Member

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    One must never forget this hacker:

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    Who was offered a job as a cybenetic police officer

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  5. GSD

    GSD Active Member

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    Interesting read

    I thought I read somewhere that 50% of hackers are now snitches for the gov after being "converted" through various means like not serving prison time

    Probably why many look for some quick publicity to turn it into a "legit" job
     
  6. PullMyFinger

    PullMyFinger Hors d'oeuvre Addict VIP

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    This article also confirms my belief that there are not really any hackers that look like this:

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