FBI Recruiting ‘Ethical Hackers’ To Investigate Cyber Crime

The FBI said Monday it’s seeking technology experts — including those with experience in “ethical hacking” — to become “cyber special agents.”

“Cyber permeates every aspect of what we do, whether it’s counterterrorism, criminal investigations or traditional cyberattacks, as we’ve seen in the recent past,” the FBI said.

“The FBI seeks highly talented, technically trained individuals who are motivated by the FBI’s mission to protect our nation and the American people from the rapidly evolving cyber threat,” said Robert Anderson, Jr., executive assistant director for the Bureau’s Criminal, Cyber, Response, and Services Branch. “What we want are people who are going to come and be part of a team that is working different, very complex types of investigations and to utilize their skillsets in that team environment.”

In its job post, which is open until Jan. 20, the agency said it has “many vacancies” for cyber special agents.

The FBI is looking for people to investigate “website hacks, conduct multi-faceted investigations of high-tech crimes, including cyber-based terrorism, computer intrusions, online exploitation and major cyber fraud schemes.”Anderson said. “It’s an area where the FBI and the whole U.S. government will be looking for this talent for years to come.”

Cyber agents can expect continued specialized training once onboard and to work on some of the Bureau’s most complex cases. Given the broad scope of the FBI’s work, Anderson says there is no other place like it.

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