IT Security & Network Security News & Reviews: 10 Notorious Hackers Who Went to Work for 'The Man'

By Fahmida Y. Rashid  |  Posted 2011-09-07 Print this article Print
Nicholas Allegra 'Comex'

Nicholas Allegra 'Comex'

Nicholas Allegra announced on Twitter that he would be starting an internship with Apple this fall. Comex has successfully exploited Apple's iOS mobile platform to allow owners to jailbreak their devices, even going so far as to provide a patch earlier this year for a particularly nasty vulnerability.
There's an old saying, "If you can't beat them, join them." For many managers and senior executives, the new version may be "If you can't beat them, hire them." Several hackers, known for their skills in finding and exploiting security vulnerabilities in commercial products, have been hired by some of the biggest names in the business to redirect their talents and energy. Facebook is famous for its all-night coding marathons called "hackathons," and the company proudly displays a sign "Hack" outside its corporate headquarters. While plenty of hackers go on to start up their own security consulting companies, many go ahead and accept those job offers in government, nonprofit and the private sector. There are estimates that one in four hackers online may be employees of the United States government. Some executives are leery of hiring hackers, worried about any potential damage to their brand as well as the possibility of an insider breach. Others seem to think it's possible to give these talented employees enough challenges to keep them honest. For this slide show, eWEEK compiled a list of some of the hackers who landed a job for some of the biggest names in the business.

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