Government agencies’ attempts to communicate with the youth almost always go awry, but on law and order issues it’s pretty much a guarantee (remember Stoner Sloth from the NSW government?). Now the Australian Federal Police is attempting to turn young computer nerds onto the path of righteousness, with this advertisement posted to Facebook reading “use your powers for good!”. The AFP say they are cracking down on distributed denial of service (DDOS) attacks, in partnership with other international agencies, and that the ad encourages potential hackers to think about their future. We’re not sure if the image of a cherubic cybersecurity expert is really going to pull coders away from the more fun hacking they could be doing.


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