FBI Head: Hiring Hackers to Fight Cyber Crime Difficult Due to Weed Policy

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Comey, describing efforts to build the FBI workforce, was quoted this week as saying that "some of those kids want to smoke weed on the way to the interview."

WASHINGTON (AP) -- FBI Director James Comey says law enforcement faces an "enormous challenge" in stopping the type of cyber threat represented by the Justice Department's recent computer spying case against five Chinese military officers.

He told a Senate committee Wednesday that there are two kinds of companies: those that have been hacked by the Chinese and those that just don't know it yet.

The increased focus on cyber security has heightened the FBI's demand for new, tech-savvy experts.

Comey, describing efforts to build the FBI workforce, was quoted this week as saying that "some of those kids want to smoke weed on the way to the interview." But he said Wednesday that he had no intention of changing current policy that disqualifies applicants if they've used marijuana in the last three years.


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