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In a somewhat ironic twist, The Dark Tangent is now, in a way, the chief security officer for the Internet. The International Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers—ICANN—has named noted hacker and information security specialist Jeff Moss as a Vice President and ICANN’s Chief Security Officer. Moss is best known for founding the Black Hat and Def Con security and hacking conferences, both of which are well-known for revealing significant security threats in widely-used technologies—like Windows, iPhones, and Wi-Fi.


Moss has been a self-professed hacker for more than 20 years—occasionally operating under the handle The Dark Tangent—although, in addition to setting up Black Hat and Def Con, he’s also held some significant positions: He was a director at the Secure Computing Corporation, and worked in Ernst & Young’s information security division. He’s also a member of the Obama administration’s Homeland Security Advisory Council and Council on Foreign Relations. Moss also does computer and data security consulting work,. although his new role with ICANN has him relocating to ICANN’s Washington DC offices.

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what? A black hat hacker as security chief? That makes no sense at all
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Why? If he has so much knowledge about hacking and such..I do not see who could be better for the job of protecting us against them hackers!
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what? A black hat hacker as security chief? That makes no sense at all

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Abagnale

Makes sense since its been done for other things in the past.
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I guess.... I thought somebody like a White Hat or Gray hat would be the boss though tongue.gif black hats are usually bad guys but i guess some can be good
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That guy makes makes bags of money.

GIANT BAGS.

Makes sense though. Hackers = security analysts.
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more money is to be made in hacking, so all the brilliant coders go black hat. eventually the best of the best rise up and now hes making more than he ever could have. its for teh $$$
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It's extremely common to find black-to-white conversions among hacking communities. If a black hat gets their name out there enough, such as at Def Con, where many black hat hackers are hired, they have a big shot at getting a job for a major company.

I hope being security chief doesn't take away his ability to run Def Con, though. It'd be a shame to see him abandon that and let someone else take over.
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Not everything is as cut and dry as most "computer programming and or security" classes in college suggest. .... Having someone like this at the helms means there are little expectations as far as "security" goes and more a of a proactive way of handling "insecurity".....
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Why not a BHH? He's obviously very good at it. He'll be able to provided insights into how to combat it.
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