Sources: John McCain [press release], Reuters
quote: I think the U.S. is being too soft-hearted in preferring not to mass-employ its cyber-criminals. When these rogues are more powerful (skilled) than the government's paid IT employees in terms of intrusions, you need to be recruiting these valuable weapons (in an official capacity) and setting them to work against your enemies, not punishing them.
quote: I think this would be a tough sell in Congress. Because you're basically talking about exposing our most secret networks to, literal, criminals. And once they are plugged in and doing their thing, it would be literally impossible to make sure they are doing their jobs and not more seedy endeavors. Like you said, they're smarter than our own IT experts for the most part. Hard to track and monitor and keep tabs on.
quote: That's likely the model China is using, if I had to speculate.