Governments tap hackers for information on cyber vulnerabilities

07/15/2013 | New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

Intelligence agencies are reportedly outbidding companies such as Microsoft and paying top dollar to enterprising hackers for information on so-called zero-day network vulnerabilities of their rivals around the world, experts say. "Governments are starting to say, 'In order to best protect my country, I need to find vulnerabilities in other countries,'" said Howard Schmidt, a former White House cybersecurity coordinator. "The problem is that we all fundamentally become less secure."

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