The Circuit


Hacker humor

Leave it to the man who prosecuted one of the world’s notorious hackers, Kevin Mitnick, to tell a hacker joke at an event.

Christopher Painter, cybersecurity coordinator at the State Department, told this one to the audience at AFCEA’s Second Annual Defense & Security MOBILE Technologies Symposium, held July 20:

A hacker is walking down the beach and he finds a lamp, He rubs it, and predictably a genie pops out. The genie says: “Look, you got three wishes but because you’re a hacker, there are some strings attached. Anything you wish for, other hackers gets twice as much.”

The hacker accepts the stipulations and the genie asks for his first wish. The hacker says: “I’d like a million stolen credit card numbers.” As his first wish gets fulfilled, he realized that every other hacker gets 2 million stolen credit cards, which irks him.

The genie then says: “Hurry up, what’s your second wish?”

“I want a Cray Supercomputer,” the hacker says, and he gets exactly that, annoyed by the fact that all other hackers will get the same the same but an even better one.

The genie says: “Hurry up, I got to get back to my bottle, what’s your last wish?”

The hacker pauses, thinks about his options and then deadpans: “I’d like to donate a kidney.”

Posted by Camille Tuutti on Jul 20, 2012 at 12:11 PM0 comments


Former DOD official Michele Flournoy joins Boston Consulting Group

Five months after stepping down from her post as Defense Department under secretary for policy, Michèle Flournoy has resurfaced in the private sector.

Flournoy has joined Boston Consulting Group as a senior adviser, where she will be providing advice on driving change in government, according to a release from BCG.

“Michèle has served at the forefront of efforts to redefine U.S. national security in the post-9/11 world, while also helping to lead the DOD in a time of global challenges,” Joe Davis, BCG senior partner and head of the Washington-based U.S. public sector practice, said in the release. “Her strategic insight and experience will be invaluable in helping our government clients tackle their most critical challenges.”

Flournoy stepped down as the Pentagon's third-in-command back in February to spend more time with family and reportedly to contribute to the Obama re-election campaign. As under secretary of defense for policy, she was the highest-ranking woman in Pentagon history.

Flournoy also was a co-founder of the Center for New American Security and previously was a senior adviser at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Posted by Amber Corrin on Jul 18, 2012 at 12:11 PM0 comments


Accountability Board to soon welcome new chair

Richard Ginman, a senior official in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, will soon have a new gig in chairing the Government Accountability and Transparency Board, according to Federal News Radio.

Ginman has served as director of defense procurement and acquisition policy since June 2011. His role prior to that was as deputy director in the same office, a position in which he was the principal adviser to the director for all contracting and procurement policy areas.

Ginman spent nearly 40 years in government and commercial business in areas such as contracting, acquisition management, logistics and financial management. His career includes tours at the Naval Ordnance Systems Command; the Naval Regional Contracting Office, Long Beach; and the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

A June 2011 executive order established the GAT Board. Its mission is to identify adoption guidelines for integrating systems that support the collection and display of federal spending data.

 

Posted by Camille Tuutti on Jul 06, 2012 at 12:11 PM0 comments