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This is something that I don't totally agree with. 

While it may be giving the kids an advance knowledge in IT, this process is further taking away their (social) life from them, which is already highly diminished by their interest in gaming and social networking brought about by the advent of computing and the Internet.

Come on guys, give these kids the kind of life they deserve at their age. They are not meant for hacking!

The United States and North Korea are never in agreement with each other.  They are in a dispute about South Korea, Pyongyang's nuclearization and arms proliferation, and many more.  There have been tensions between them in the land, sea, and air, and they might as well take their dispute to the Internet.

CON, the world's largest annual hacker gathering, in Las Vegas, Nevada.  Many of these hackers have become computer security white hats bent on defending companies and homes against cyber attacks.  In fact, DEFCON founder Jeff Moss, known by his hacker handle as Dark Tangent, is on a White House homeland defense council and heads security for the agency in charge of Internet addresses.  For the first time, children ages 8 to 16 are being invited to the conference to learn how to become hackers.  The 1st Annual DEFCON Kids will be August 6-7, 2011 at the Rio in Las Vegas.  

At the DEFCON Kids, there will be a classroom for kids to participate in demos and workshops, such as learning how to open Master locks, Google Hacking, making Electronics, Social Engineering, coding in Scratch and Communicating in Code.  There will be a workroom for kids to participate in hacking activities anytime throughout the two days, including a Codebreaking Museum, a Makerbot and the Hardware Hacking Station.  A major emphasis of the event is the use of hacking skills for positive purposes.  The children will be encouraged to put their knowledge to good use and are discouraged from breaking into web sites and stealing money and data.

Hacking a serious problem

There's no news so far as to whether North Korea and the al Qaeda have taken the Internet arena to provoke the United States.  But the United States' ally,South Korea, has already blamed its communist neighbor for cyber attacks against the Korean Military Academy's computer system, a major South Korea bank and other incidents.

A report by NATO, a powerful military alliance of countries from North America and Europe, noted that the Internet has made state and society much more vulnerable to attacks such as computer intrusions, scrambling software programs, undetected insiders within computer firewalls, or cyber terrorists.

Organization WikiLeaks has breached and published, among other things, Pentagon documents on the Afghan war and the Iraq War and 250,000 confidential US diplomatic cables on diplomats' candid assessments of terrorist threats and the behaviour of world leaders.  LulzSec has hacked Web sites like the U.S. Senate, the Central Intelligence Agency, and affiliates of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  LulzSec has also hacked the websites of the governments of United Kingdom, Brazil and the Peru.

NATO Parliamentary Assembly General Rapporteur Lord Jopling warned that Anonymous and other hackers could potentially hack into sensitive government, military, and corporate files.  "From what we know today, terrorist groups such as al Qaeda do not yet have the capability to carry out such attacks.  In the future, however, organized crime and hacker groups could sell their services to terrorist groups."

NATO said in early June that its defence ministers have approved a revised NATO Policy on Cyber Defence -- a policy that sets out a clear vision for efforts in cyber defence throughout the member countries.  The revised policy will offer a coordinated approach to cyber defence across the Alliance with a focus on preventing cyber attacks and building resilience.

At the end of May, the United States Government adopted a strategy that will classify major cyber attacks as "acts of war."

There has been many strikes made (CIA, FBI, U.S. Senate) that clearly resemble an act of war.  Even NATO confirmed last week that a NATO related website last week was breached by hackers.  

However, the problem with cyber warfare, we don't know who the enemies are.  Among the many hacks, only LulzSec confirms its hacking attacks.  However, despite the group's publicity loving stunts, most of its members have not been caught.

Source: International Business Times
7/1/2011 10:36:59 pm

There is always a bad and good side in different side. But one thing is why did they invite children with ages of 8. i think 12 to 16 is better. And That children at the age of 18 be in jail so great good luck to them.


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