FBI hits a 'weed' problem in cyber-war

Photo / Thinkstock
Photo / Thinkstock

The United States may have indicted a group of Chinese army officials for cyber-espionage, but the FBI has a problem of its own: weed.

The bureau is struggling to hire young hackers because its long-standing drug policy does not allow the use of cannabis. Unfortunately, hackers like their weed.

"I have to hire a great work force to compete with those cyber criminals and some of those kids want to smoke weed on the way to the interview," FBI Director James B. Comey told a White Collar Crime Institute conference on Monday.

Theoretically, the bureau's hiring policy states that applicants cannot use cannabis for at least three years before applying for a job.

But with 2,000 positions to fill this year, the FBI may have to relax its no-drugs policy if it wants to win the cyber war.

Asked by a member of the audience if his stoner friend could apply for a job at the bureau, Mr Comey suggested he "should go ahead and apply".

On Monday, the US laid criminal charges on five Chinese military officials accused of masterminding government-led cyber hacking to steal trade secrets from six major American companies.


Get the news delivered straight to your inbox

Receive the day’s news, sport and entertainment in our daily email newsletter


© Copyright 2017, NZME. Publishing Limited

Assembled by: (static) on production bpcf04 at 29 Apr 2017 22:52:33 Processing Time: 490ms