FBI seeks hacking partners

The FBI has appealed to attendees at the Black Hat security conference to help it tackle cybercrime.

The FBI has appealed to attendees at the Black Hat security conference to help it tackle cybercrime.

At this week’s Las Vegas event, Daniel Larkin, an FBI unit chief, told delegates in a keynote, “We need your expertise and input as we develop strategies to battle cybercrime in the 21st century.”

Larkin said, “I’m a recovering technophobe - I used to be afraid of you all. But I now realise that you are all really important.”

Larkin reckoned that 10% of the attendees at the Black Hat conference would be from federal agencies, and said many of them were looking to “team up” with the hacking community to help fight cybercrime.

He said that as hackers and other security researchers may discover critical information on cybercrime or even terrorism before federal agencies, it was critical that the FBI and other agencies sought the type of partnerships that could be forged at the Black Hat conference.

Larkin also pledged that information sharing would be a two-way process, with the FBI at least promising to update partners on its threat analysis.


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