The FBI Is Struggling To Hire Hackers Because They're All Smoking Weed

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The FBI Is Struggling To Hire Hackers Because They're All Smoking Weed

Cyber attacks have rapidly become the forefront of concern for governments across the world over the last few years.

Confidential data, from personal data to business records and government plans, if leaked can cause a whole heap of problems.

Many government now have cyber experts, or people to hack the system to test it out, in place. Creating waves of barriers and coding their way through to build walls of defence.

But imagine if your country could be susceptible because hackers are too high to be able to do their job...


That's the crisis facing the FBI and America now.

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A latest published report, from 2015, shows that the US department of justice found that 40 per cent of FBI cyber security positions were unfilled.


The report found that: "The FBI did not hire 52 of the 134 computer scientists for which it was authorised; and five of the 56 field offices did not have a computer scientist assigned to that office's Cyber Task Force."

This problem is expected to get worse too. Consultants Frost and Sullivan claim the number of job adverts for such roles will outweigh the number of people qualified to do the job.



The marijuana problem was first highlighted back in 2014 when the FBI director, James Comey, said: "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."

Now although the FBI may take a stance against, research could suggest that these kids are influencing brain power.

A survey, by Inhale Labs, found that people who smoke weed are less likely to suffer hangovers and achieve higher grades.


Of 5000 people who may apply for a job at the FBI's cyber security division, only 2000 will meet eligibility requirements.

You'll not be surprised to know that the American government has a stringent 'no drugs' policy. However, some people believe that they could restrict employing skilled candidates who just happen to smoke weed in their spare time.

Part of a lengthy FBI questionnaire asks if a candidate has used drugs or controlled substances within the last seven years - with the requirement being drug-free for three years.

Other issues facing the intelligence agency include a lack of women employees and low-pay, with the private sector typically offering higher salaries.

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Topics: America, Marijuana, Drugs, FBI

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