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It's government work. It's probably a lot more fun to work in the private sector, which surely results in some skill discrepancy. It takes a lot of effort to get secret clearances, too. So I'm not sure there is higher quality work, at least in the CIA. All the talented hackers with inclinations to become a blackhat probably want to work for the NSA.

There are aspects of information security that I think the government is behind the private sector on, but there are others where they are way ahead. There are whole classes of technology that are fun to work on for which there is basically no private sector market, because very few companies need those sorts of things, but for which there is a thriving government market.

Certainly. I just meant that the CIA seems less likely to have that than the NSA or the FBI. But admittedly it's an uneducated guess.

Could you expand on why you feel the CIA in particular would have high-quality remote exploitation capabilities? Assume a talented hacker wants to join the government. Why would they choose to work for the CIA and not the NSA or the FBI?

I'm not saying the CIA does second-rate work in general, but perhaps their remote access work is second-rate in comparison to the NSA/FBI and to the very talented echelons of the private sector.

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