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First-wave hackerspace member Mudge of L0pht Heavy Industries announced that DARPA is creating a new initiative called “Cyber Fast Track” to fund defense-related projects by small groups of programmers. Have an idea for some black ice you can make for the feds? Apply today, they’re claiming a 10-day turnaround on proposals. [Thanks, Phil]

John Baichtal

John Baichtal

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  • http://twitter.com/tsaylor Tim Saylor

    Hasn’t this been talked about for a while?  I seem to remember something a year or two ago that never fully materialized.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001201586460 Mikro Xoft

    Apples and Oranges.

  • http://twitter.com/xrazorwirex Ken

    1. It sounds like they aren’t funding “hackerspaces” in general, and in fact aren’t even interested in what most hackerspaces are about; they want to find all the small (network)hacker groups out there and get them to work for the government.

    2. “The Government needs agile cyber projects that are smaller in effort,
    have a potential for large payoff, and result in a rapid turnaround,
    creating a greater cost to the adversary to counter.”
    Just who is the adversary?  Probably the #antisec movement, which I’d be more inclined to support any day over DARPA and the rest of the Fed…..

    Just my 2 cents.

  • http://www.google.com/profiles/gcmartinelli GCM

    yeah.. hackers working for the FEDs… that’s a great idea…. #NOT

  • http://www.google.com/profiles/gcmartinelli GCM

    yeah.. hackers working for the FEDs… that’s a great idea…. #NOT

  • http://rahere.livejournal.com/ Rahere

    I’d love to see them do that with the London HS – it’s in the People’s Republic of Hackney.

  • Ilovetheweb

    Hacker don`t work they hack you understand you………….