The US government has appointed a well-known hacker to its Homeland Security Advisory Council.
Jeff Moss founded the DefCon and Black Hat hacking conferences - he is one of the world's most famous professional hackers, operating under the alias of the Dark Tangent. But he has always worked for corporations rather than targeting them.
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Before joining the council Moss was a security consultant hired to test company's systems, and a director at the Secure Computing Corporation, where he helped established the professional services department for the US, Asia and Australia. He has also worked for consulting firm Ernst & Young in its information system security division.
Moss was sworn in on Friday by defence secretary Janet Napolitano. The move is the latest in a series of measures that the US government is employing to tackle cyber security.