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Source: NY Times - Posted by Anthony Pell   
WHY are federal agents hobnobbing with hackers? Defcon, a convention of computer hackers here, was crawling with them on Friday. They smiled, shook hands, handed out business cards, spoke on a panel called “Meet the Federal Agent 2.0” and were really, really nice. Naturally, federal agents have been hanging out at hacker gatherings for years to snoop. “Cloak and dagger,” as one put it.

This time they came with another purpose: to schmooze, impress and, perhaps ultimately, lure. The United States Cyber Command, the Pentagon’s Internet defense arm, “has a work force issue,” said Daron Hartvigsen, special agent with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations. “We have needs that some in this community can solve. We need folks with skills.”

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