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[CNet] Report: 25 percent of U.S. hackers are FBI informants

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According to the Guardian, 25 percent of all the hackers in the U.S. are actually informants for the federal government. The reason for that, the U.K. publication reports, citing Eric Corley, the publisher of hacker quarterly 2600, is that hackers have become quite easy to break when they're faced with threats of long prison sentences for their alleged crimes. In fact, Corley told the Guardian that hackers "are rather susceptible to intimidation." So rather than face those long stretches in jail, they secretly provide information to the authorities.
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That explains A LOT!
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That explains A LOT!
I seriously doubt a lot of people that are hacking would continue to do so after the FBI tells them personally to knock it off.
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Employing a crafty person that was previously trying to trick you is risky at best.

Nothing like a little extortion though.
    
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and 75% of the hacks are done by 5% of the hacking community. So numbers are not all that important.

They are probably counting all the little script kiddies too...you can't really lump everyone into one term and call them "Hackers". You also can't include the "Crackers" with genuine hackers either.
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and 75% of the hacks are done by 5% of the hacking community. So numbers are not all that important.

They are probably counting all the little script kiddies too...you can't really lump everyone into one term and call them "Hackers". You also can't include the "Crackers" with genuine hackers either.
True, crackers aren't hackers, not even close, and yes only a small percentage of hackers are really good..

Maybe the informants are just paid by the FBI to bust in and snoop for them?

I think the FBI, tired of looking like a Fail Boat wanted to get their hands on the secrets so they pay the informants to hack & find the secrets, makes sense to me. I don't think it's illegal to use information posted by hackers on the net to go after people in court with that information, and that is why I said this explains A LOT...
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I think the FBI, tired of looking like a Fail Boat wanted to get their hands on the secrets so they pay the informants to hack & find the secrets, makes sense to me. I don't think it's illegal to use information posted by hackers on the net to go after people in court with that information, and that is why I said this explains A LOT...
I'm not a cop\\judge, but how would that be more admissible than information obtained by an illegal search and seizure, which would be inadmissible in court?
    
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I don't see how that would work. Its not that hard to "miss" things online. The FBI could definitely find better ways to do this, ie recruit them voluntarily.
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Probably total bs. They are just throwing out some fear tactics to the hackers from the recent barrage of hacking news coverage. 25% of an unknown number = 100% bullcrap.

Or I could be wrong =D
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No, there is no way they could even guess at a number to say 25% of. The FBI likely couldn't even tell if most "Hackers" even lauched from inside the US. For each proxy in another country they need to get juristiction rights to trace it back...most of the time it just isn't worth the trouble. Unless it is a case like Sony and thankfully they also will ussually pull out all the stops to go after pedophiles.

This also is likely including all the Russian and Autrailian Hackers (you know who you are) who proxy into the US to launch
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