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Pentagon Seeks High School Hackers

Pentagon Seeks High School Hackers

High school hackers, crackers and digital deviants: Uncle Sam wants you.

As part of a government information security review released as early as Friday, White House interim cybersecurity chief Melissa Hathaway likely will mention a new military-funded program aimed at leveraging an untapped resource: the U.S.’ population of geeky high school and college students.

The so-called Cyber Challenge, which will be officially announced later this month, will create three new national competitions for high school and college students intended to foster a young generation of cybersecurity researchers with skills applicable to both the government and the private industry. These skills include attacking and defending digital targets, stealing data, and tracing how others have stolen it.


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