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UNM looks to turn NM high school students into hackers

August 18, 2014

UNM looks to turn NM high school students into hackers

Summer course looks to prep students for a degree in computer science, job in cyber security
August 7, 2014

"ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. —The University of New Mexico is testing out a new camp this summer, teaching teens to be computer hackers -- the hope is they’ll become the good guys."

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UNM Newsroom Article
Hacking for a Good Cause
High schoolers learn the skills of the bad guys to fight cybercrime
By Kim Delker — 

The name “hacker” usually has a negative connotation, as in someone who uses high-tech skills to steal a person’s or company’s private electronic information.

But a “white hat hacker” is just the opposite. It’s someone who is just as crafty, but uses that knowledge for a good cause, namely to fight cybercriminals by outsmarting them and staying one step ahead of them to prevent a crime from occurring. Other white hat hackers help protect journalists and dissidents from oppressive governments overseas.

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