Bounty hunters, black markets and hired guns are the new normal for the cyber world. Hackers are selling their services to the highest bidders and it’s starting to make cyberspace look like a modern-day Wild West. And right now business is booming, according to a recent New York Timesarticle.
Governments around the world are hiring hackers to look for so-called “zero-day” vulnerabilities — as yet unknown exploits in software.
Howard Schmidt, the former cybersecurity coordinator for the Obama administration, joined In Depth with Francis Rose to discuss the growing market in zero-day detection.
Francis Rose is the host of In Depth, which airs weekdays from 4-7 p.m. on 1500 AM in the Washington, DC metro area and online everywhere. Francis has covered all three branches of the federal government as a broadcast journalist since 1998. He joined Federal News Radio in 2006 as the producer and news anchor of the station’s morning drive program, the Federal Drive. He launched In Depth in 2008 as a daily show focused on connecting federal executives to the information they need to do their jobs better.