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Kids and hackers, oh my! DefCon adds kids track

  By TechUniverse
Fewer things seem out of place at the rough-hewn DefCon hacker convention than a swarm of kids. From lockpicking to bug hunting, kids added to the mix at this year's DefCon . For 18 years, hackers ' and the computer security experts who track them ' have gathered at DefCon, one of the largest and longest-running conferences of its kind, to share information about breaching and securing computers and other devices. This year's DefCon featured what some hardcore attendees might consider to be a startling sight: children. For the first time, DefCon included discussions and tutorials for budding hackers, ages 8 to 16. Some 60 kids showed up. Over two days, they met prominent hackers, Homeland Security officials and NSA security experts. They also listened to talks on the history of hacking and lectures on cryptography. Some of the convention's hotly contested competitions were geared toward children, as well. One contest covered lock-picking techniques to be used in the event they forget their locker combination. The kids were encouraged to find security vulnerabilities in popular technologies, from video games to computer hardware. Children were required to have a parent with them. Many parents who brought their kids are longtime DefCon attendees who said they were excited about the bonding opportunity. Read More

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