Skip to comments.Pittsburgh FBI cyber expert is ex-discount furniture salesman
Posted on 07/13/2014 10:07:18 PM PDT by Citizen Zed
I was in private industry beforehand. But I've kind of always liked computers, Mularski said during a recent interview.
All 56 FBI field offices have cyber squads. Mularski chose Pittsburgh largely because of family considerations he grew up in suburban White Oak, the son of a steelworker.
It kind of looked like cyber was the wave of the future, Mularski said. The majority of all my computer training was just on-the-job training at the bureau.
It has proved remarkably effective.
Even before the Chinese and Russian cases made worldwide headlines, Mularski was making cyber waves.
He infiltrated Dark Market in 2006. The worldwide Internet forum allowed crooks to buy and sell stolen identity and credit card information.
Mularski pretended to be a notorious Polish computer hacker using the screen name Master Splyntr a takeoff on the cartoon rat who guides the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
Mularski was inspired while watching the cartoon character with his young son: He's a rat that lives underground. It was perfect, he said.
Mularski befriended the criminal mastermind behind the site and persuaded him to let Mularski move the operation onto new computer servers. The servers happened to belong to the FBI, which led to more than 60 arrests worldwide.
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I’ve been trying to apply for positions like this for years. I have a Masters in Information assurance, several industry security certifications, and 15+ years in actual private-industry IT, and they don’t even return my calls.
And yet they’ll bring in an ex-furniture salesman, who admits that the extent of his training is OJT with the FBI?
It’s like Andersen consulting back in the day hiring non-computer science grads as systems analysts. A Northern Ireland based consultant told me once he had only 3 months of computer related training. Ireland gave huge tax breaks for employers like this and then eventually would force them to pay six months of severance pay for each year of past employment. This guy probably got paid peanuts by the FBI. Or was hired after he got caught hacking.
“Mularski befriended the criminal mastermind behind the site and persuaded him to let Mularski move the operation onto new computer servers. The servers happened to belong to the FBI, which led to more than 60 arrests worldwide.”
Now this is funny and a terrific successful capture!
no offense but they look for a certain profile. you may not be an a$$hole and too independent. :-)
Compared to the illustrious high-school drop-out Eddie Snowden, this Mularski guy is a piker.
He likely had “connections” to obtain consideration for the job. Without knowing people resume’s usually aren’t enough for specific work as that.
If you’ve been trying “for years” then pretty easy to assume ‘How’ you’re going about it isn’t working for you.
Any tips on how I might make my application more likely to be considered (short of pulling off successful but illegal hacks on Bureau computers)?
Yes...stop applying and start finding out who does the hiring...where they’re located......then you need to arrange contact with them or those who know them.
Do you know anyone who already works in that field?...contact them and ask how to go about “getting in” to see who you need to see.and they you.
You have to put footwork into getting a job as well....I once bypassed the “Gatekeepers” ..there were three of them. Because I simply asked if I was going the right direction to Mr....Office..and kept walking as each confirmed yes.
Last one told me he doesn’t see anyone without an appointment. I said to her ..”This is in reference to a personal matter and I assured her he would WANT to see me, so please let him know I was there.”
Have your resume in hand ready to give him after you quickly introduce yourself. (You do not want to intrude on his time more than getting him to see your face and hand deliver your resume and thank him)
I was invited to his office that moment and had a second interview three days later with the top man....hired two days after that.
Couple other things...
Be prepared for an Interview when you go out and about ....and don’t get discouraged because if you ‘get information’ you’re after you’re halfway there. That makes a successful day.
I walked into a position just going to the business to see how the “atmosphere” would feel working there. An employee started talking with me and I eventually told them what I was there for...”just to get a feel for the atmosphere” ...in about 15 minutes a person walked by us when she said...Mr. so and so...I want to introduce you to....it ended up the dept. manager. I was interviewed directly after the introduction.
You really have to ‘meet people’ who are in your industry...go where they hang out...or gather. Find out where they eat and go there often while you’re gathering information. You’ll become a “familiar face” to more than you realize.
It takes work and time....but your resume is NOT you....it only tells what you’ve done. Which will not be important to any until you meet those who it will matter to.
Have you actually fill out an application.
Have you researched the hiring process and proceeded through that.
If not your complaining is just air blowing in the wind.
I have filled out the application, and have gone through the entire hoop-jumping, dog-and-pony-show process on at least 3 separate occasions that I know of. Only once did they ever even call me back, and that time I had nowhere near the level of skills and experience I do now, so they told me to come back when I did. Before I go through it again, I want to try to figure out whether there’s something I’m missing or not doing “right” (right way, wrong way, government way) in the process so I don’t waste any more time.
He is a regular FBI special agent. He started as a trainee at Quantico like everyone else, and began his career as a rookie agent with a gun and a badge.
These agencies don’t generally hire laterally, everyone has to work up through the ranks.
Identifying Cyber-Criminals is No. 1 Challenge, Lawyer Says
Online hacking cases are tough for investigators because criminals can easily cover their tracks, legal experts agree. Even when the trail leads to a single computer, it can be hard to prove who was at the keyboard.
by Andrew Conte, McClatchy News Service / July 21, 2014