While I’ve said there’s no reason why a rehabilitated hacker shouldn’t be employed, it does raise serious concerns – primarily, why did they get caught? Professional hackers will pride themselves on their skill at infiltrating systems, undetected, and will certainly not want to leave an electronic ‘fingerprint’. A criminal conviction shouldn’t be seen as a ‘qualification’ but rather testament that perhaps they’re not up to the job!
A big head
An egotistical hacker isn’t necessarily a brilliant hacker – in fact quite the reverse is often true. I’ve sat and listened to far too many people claiming responsibility for something that I’ve known they didn’t do - often because I was in fact responsible, but that’s for another time.
There are a number of reasons why bragging is a bad trait in a hacker:
- They should be able to prove their ability rather than just talk about it
- If they’re loose lipped they could inadvertently expose the organisation to ridicule
- A hacker likes nothing better than ridiculing someone else’s inadequacy.
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