Tech-savvy students, take heed: Computer hackers are wanted by federal authorities, but not for prosecution. Instead, the government is looking to hire so-called "white hat" hackers to secure the nation's networks.

General Dynamics Information Technology put out an ad last month on behalf of the Homeland Security Department seeking someone who could "think like the bad guy." Applicants, it said, must understand hackers' tools and tactics and be able to analyze internet traffic and identify vulnerabilities in the federal systems.

In the Pentagon's budget request submitted last week, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said the Pentagon will increase the number of cyber experts


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