Researchers wishing to use to New York-based Purple Balloon Safety have to finish an uncommon technical interview as a part of their utility course of: unlocking a tough drive containing crypto.
Based on a report from Enterprise Insider, Purple Balloon sends the arduous drives to sure candidates for cybersecurity analysis positions on the agency. Anybody who has the “the talents and fervour” to crack the encryption would be capable of declare 0.1337 Bitcoin (BTC), or roughly $4,800 on the time of publication. Candidates who’re in a position to entry the cash are instructed to buy a ticket to New York Metropolis for the following step.
“We’re one of many few corporations on this planet that do that, outdoors of assorted intelligence companies,” mentioned Purple Balloon CEO Ang Cui. “We’re a small firm, we’re in search of a really area of interest kind of safety particular person, and we do not have the large quantity of human vitality to waste on screening via each single resume.”
Cui mentioned that the cybersecurity agency despatched the check packages to virtually each applicant, however the success price was roughly 1%. Purple Balloon at the moment has 29 workers, 6 of whom have reportedly joined within the final yr.
“If I ship out 150 to 200 kilos of arduous drives [with Bitcoin], I’ll sometimes get again one human staff member. It is a worthy funding.”
Based in 2011, the agency has apparently taken this distinctive method to technical interviews for a while. A minimum of one Crypto Twitter consumer claimed to have obtained related directions to retrieve Bitcoin 5 years in the past, whereas others identified Purple Balloon had challenged programmers to unlock arduous drives with crypto as a part of the Defcon hackers’ convention in 2017:
OK, this Purple Balloon problem is critically cool!
Get a Exhausting Drive to reverse Bitcoin from (firmware) Saturday by the pool.#defcon pic.twitter.com/Z99igaDxcm
— Mudge (@dotMudge) July 19, 2017