ICANN hires hacker to keep Internet safe

April 29, 2011
Cyber Security, FedCyber Wire
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via Associated Free Press

SAN FRANCISCO — The agency in charge of the world’s Internet addresses on Thursday appointed veteran hacker Jeff Moss to be its chief of security.

Moss, whose hacker name is Dark Tangent, is the founder of Black Hat computer security conferences as well as an infamous DefCon gathering of hackers that takes place annually in Las Vegas.

Moss will begin work Friday at the Washington, DC offices of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) as vice president and chief security officer.

“I can think of no one with a greater understanding of the security threats facing Internet users and how best to defend against them than Jeff Moss,” said ICANN chief executive Rod Beckstrom.

“He has the in-depth insider’s knowledge that can only come from fighting in the trenches of the on-going war against cyber threats.”

A self-described hacker for more than 20 years, Moss has a resume that includes stints at Secure Computing Corporation and in the security division of professional services firm Ernst & Young.

Moss is on the US Department of Homeland Security Advisory Council.

“I’m looking forward to bringing my skill sets to ICANN,” Moss said.

“Its role in coordinating the global Internet addressing system means that it is positioned to become the leader in identifying and dealing with online threats to the Domain Name System that could affect two billion global Internet users,” he continued.

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