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A Mathematician Hacked Into Google Because He Thought It Was Part Of A Job Interview

•, Geoffrey Ingersoll
 Zachary Harris didn't think he was cut out for the job, but when Google emailed him an offer he figured he'd give it a wack anyway.

Or a hack, rather.

Kim Zetter of Wired reports that a strange email hit Harris's inbox asking if he was interested in a job with google. “You obviously have a passion for Linux and programming,” the e-mail from the Google recruiter read. “I wanted to see if you are open to confidentially exploring opportunities with Google?”

Harris knew google was renowned for throwing curve ball tests at prospective employees, so he was intrigued.

Zetter writes:

So he wondered if the e-mail might have been spoofed – something sent from a scammer to appear to come from the search giant. But when Harris examined the e-mail’s header information, it all seemed legitimate.

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