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FBI Turns to Stoned Hackers

The FBI is having trouble hiring hackers:

The FBI has reportedly said it is “grappling with the question” of whether to hire cybersecurity experts who use cannabis.

The US agency’s current policy prohibits anyone working for it who has used cannabis in the past three years.

However, its director James Comey has acknowledged that this is complicating its efforts to recruit hacking experts, according to the Wall Street Journal.

It said he made the announcement at a conference in New York.

“I have to hire a great workforce to compete with those cybercriminals, and some of those kids want to smoke weed on the way to the interview,” the newspaper quoted him as saying at the White Collar Crime Institute’s annual meeting.

It added that when one attendee asked how a cannabis-using friend interested in working for the bureau should now act, Mr Comey replied: “He should go ahead and apply.”

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