The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has said that hackers and internet fraudsters may be invited soon to work with federal government.
Director General of NITDA Dr Peter Jack said this yesterday in Abuja at the opening of a three-day capacity building workshop for journalist.
He said NITDA was planning to “harvest the intelligence of hackers and cyber criminals in the country to benefit from them positively.”
Dr Jack, represented by a director in the agency Dr Vincent Olatunji, said not integrating the cyber fraudsters into the mainstream IT industry would be dangerous to the economy.
He said: “There is nothing negative without a positive side. NITDA believes that Nigeria can actually benefit from these yahoo-yahoo boys. Many of them are very brilliant. You can’t do hacking if you are not brilliant. Most of the guys are brilliant. We thought we should tap from their brilliance for the positive use.”
He said some of them will be employed by the government to serve as cyber soldiers to protect the cyber boundary of the country from external aggressors.