April 8, 2021

How do employers feel about reformed black hats?

I fell into a black hat group years ago and that’s how I became interested in cybersecurity as a career. Is this something employers like or would it scare them off? What I used to do was finding vulnerabilities on websites for stores. Tbh I didn’t realize what I was doing was hacking at first because I didn’t fully understand it but as I learned I became more interested in ethical hacking, penetration testing, and cyber security. I haven’t been in this group in years.

I just don’t know of this is something I should bring up in interviews or if it just makes me look 100% bad.



If you’re a US citizen, I believe the alphabet government organizations and DoD are pretty forgiving about shady past, just be carefully about how you talk about it. I know, at least historically, various groups within the alphabets/DoD had recruiting policy at hacker events of basically “We won’t ask, we won’t care, we just want your expertise.”

To an *enterprise* I wouldn’t flaunt it. Use it at best as a “lesson learned” and be humble/somber about it if asked about it during an interview.

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