Well, there you go. It might just work, too. After all, there's that old joke:
Want to put a stop to hacking? The solution is simple: Get hackers girlfriends.To be sure, that prescription is tongue-in-cheek, but it speaks to a hacking truth: Based on arrests of alleged Anonymous, LulzSec, TeamPoison, and other hacktivist group participants--not to mention many cyber-crime gangs--it's the rare participant who's over the age of 25--or even 19.
Clearly, the early 20s are an inflection point in most hackers' lives, when they transition from engaging in criminal activity to becoming law-abiding citizens. Accordingly, might outreach programs, perhaps involving older ex-hackers, help keep them out of jail? They might even steer would-be hackers into lucrative professions that put their skills to better use, such as penetration testing.
Q. What's the difference between a hacker and an IT Security Professional?If we can afford to spend $900B on non-"Shovel-Ready" "Stimulus" programs, there should be some spare change to get hot girlfriends* for IT Security types. Me, I think I'm set, though.
A. The IT Security Professional has a mortgage.
* Or hot boyfriends. YMMV.