08 Aug '11, 2am

Children learn hacker ways at DefCon - Channel NewsAsia

LAS VEGAS, Nevada: Nine-year-old Anna focused intently as she screwed a circuit board into place in a first-ever "DefCon Kids village" created to tutor children in the ways of hacking. Her 10-year-old brother, Jake, was working on a similar task and beginning to suspect that the screws he was using were refusing to cooperate. "I'm not really a hacker, but my brother is," Anna confided as her dad stood proudly nearby in a room set aside for child-oriented sessions at the world's largest hacker gathering. "I'd like to be a hacker." Anna and her brother were building small robots that paint on spherical objects such as ping pong balls or Easter eggs. Jake told of being no stranger to cracking computer software. "The secret is you don't add code," he said. "You just move the code around." Chris Hadnagy and other DefCon Kids tutors were adamant that in a world where children ar...

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