British Military Intelligence agency, Mi5, is now hiring Asian teens with hacking expertise to assist in their efforts to combat cyber criminals. Mi5′s head, Jonathan Evens, has revealed that this past summer over 1,000 attacks were made on the computers in Whitehall, air traffic control, and power stations in London. The defense agency says that the teens are essential in the fight against cyber terrorists and they have already had much success.
People wondered for a moment whether the teens themselves could be considered a security risk because of the fact that they are so young. However, the defense agencies have stated that the teens have already signed a contract banning them from telling their parents or their girlfriends, friends, etc. about what they do in the Secret Service’s basement. The MI5 has already employed some 50 teens, most of Asian descent, to help track cyber crimes that reach as far as China, Peru, and even Russia. Reportedly, the teens have already uncovered hidden messages from terrorist leaders to members located in maximum security prisons.
Overall, the teens have proven to be a valuable asset to the MI5 agency. The British Security Minister is calling these teens “youngsters who use their talents to stop other hackers from closing down this country”. As long as the work they do is still necessary, then MI5 plans to continue to use them.
(Via Hindustan Times)