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    My dream job is to work as a hacker for the government. I’ve been doing it a solid portion of my short life, and I think I’m ok at it.

    I remember reading that an average low level hacker at the NSA just runs 0days in a framework. Could someone tell me a little bit about the day to day life of a “hacker” at the NSA? This might help determine if it’s a career path I want to follow down

    And if not, I can always make a plea deal (just kidding)

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    Now I definitely cannot speak from personal experience, but have you heard of “Darknet Diaries” on Spotify? The specific episode I’m thinking of is 47 project Raven. A lot of the people he interviews on his podcast have a history of cyber security careers and backgrounds with fairly interesting stories. Now of course it is a podcast set to be more exciting than the events are supposed to be but it should still give you a good idea of the different situations people have been through in the cyber security/pen testing communities. Best of luck! Hope this was a little bit of help.

  • #260039


    I’ve passed the test they require to apply as an operator, although I did not end up working there. You need a solid understanding of networking and operating systems. Even if you just type commands into a framework you need a strong understanding of what and why things are happening the way they are.

    Test covered a number of things on Linux, windows, BSD and even Solaris. Had to memorize flags for netstat, nmap, and other commands. Fairly thorough questions about windows authentication pipelines and SMB operations.

    Those are the big ones I remember off the top of my head.

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    What is your main motivation, what is the goal you want to achieve?
    It is an honest question.

    Do you want:

    * to be counted as part of the most prestigious hacker group
    * to just go all out without having to worry about consequences
    * to eliminate threats to national security / fight against ‘bad guys’
    * to be a spy and infosec/hacking is the realm you are able to achieve that
    * enjoy a position of power
    * something else?

  • #260046


    No, nobody here can tell you the technical details of what a day is like because all of that information is classified at the TS/SCI level. Anyone disclosing that kind of information would be in federal law. The only information available about what they do is on their website.

    On a side note, if you’re serious about working in the Government, it’s not something you can advertise publicly. These agencies are very big on discretion. This isn’t Google, you can’t just say you’re applying to be a spy at the CIA. It doesn’t work like that.

  • #260048


    You are gonna need at least a bacholars degree to even be considered.

  • #260049


    Best bet, join the Army as a 17C (cyber operations specialist) the army trains you to be a hacker for free and pays you while you’re in training. Free health care and college benefits.

    [what a 17C (cyber operations specialist) is.](https://m.goarmy.com/careers-and-jobs/browse-career-and-job-categories/computers-and-technology/cyber-operations-specialist.m.html)

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