This cybersecurity company is sending encrypted hard drives with bitcoin to test their aspirants

Researchers who want to work Red balloon security, based in New York, As part of your recruitment process, you have to do a somewhat unusual technical interview: unlocking a hard drive with Bitcoin.

According to a Business Insider story Red Balloon supplies the hard drives to specific candidates for positions in cybersecurity research within the company. Anyone with “the skills and passion” to decrypt the hard drive can claim 0.1337 Bitcoin (BTC), or approximately $ 4,800 at the time of this writing. Applicants with access to the coins are asked to purchase a ticket to New York City for the next step.

“We are one of the few companies in the world that does this outside of various intelligence agencies,” he said. Ang Cui, CEO of Red Balloon. “We’re a small company, we’re looking for a very specialized security type and we don’t have the massive amount of human energy that we have to waste on every resume.”

This cybersecurity company is sending encrypted hard drives with bitcoin to test their aspirants
This cybersecurity company is sending encrypted hard drives with bitcoin to test their aspirants

Cui said the cybersecurity company sent out the test packages to almost anyone interested in the position, but the success rate was around 1%. Red Balloon currently has 29 employees, 6 of whom appear to have joined last year.

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“When I ship 150 to 200 pounds of hard drives [con Bitcoin]Usually I’ll get a member of the human team. It’s a worthwhile investment. “

The company, founded in 2011, has apparently been pursuing this bizarre technical interview approach for some time. At least one crypto enthusiast on Twitter he claimed received similar instructions to get Bitcoin back five years ago while others pointed it out Red Balloon asked programmers to unlock hard drives with Bitcoin as part of the Defcon Hacker Conference 2017:

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