Cyber warriors

Teens develop ‘ethical hacking’ skills to defend computer systems

By Eric Niiler, 17:25 PM November 11, 2013

Kevin Houk huddled with five of his high school classmates around a computer monitor. They were the good guys — just like the heroes in old westerns who wore the white hats. The team sought to guard a computer network from a group of programmers just as bad as any movie villains in black hats.


The black hats wanted to activate hidden viruses inside the computer network — if they could get past the white hats. Houk and his classmates stayed on the defensive, fixing vulnerabilities and hardenin...

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