DefCon Kids gives new meaning to 'script kiddies'

Children as young as eight invited to learn how to be a white hat hacker

DefCon Kids is aimed at eight to 16 year olds who want to learn how to be white hat hackers.

DefCon Kids is aimed at eight to 16 year olds who want to learn how to be white hat hackers.

The annual US hacker conference, DefCon, has been expanded this year to include the next generation of white hat hackers.

DefCon Kids, scheduled to take part 6-7 August in Las Vegas, is aimed at eight to 16 year olds who want to learn how to be ethical or white hat hackers.

According to the DefCon Kids website, young people will learn about opening master locks, Google hacking, and communicating in code.

There will also be a workroom for kids to participate in hacking activities such as a codebreaking museum and a hardware hacking station.

DefCon organisers say they do not want to create the next black hat group, such as LulzSec, which recently announced it has disbanded, but to get children to use their hacking skills for good purposes.

A 16-year-old white hat hacker who goes by the handle `FS' has been hired by DefCon to head up the program. The white hat hacker gets paid by companies to conduct penetration testing which involves breaking into computer networks to uncover vulnerabilities.

"[DefCon Kids] is about securing yourself and the people around you," said FS in a statement.

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