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Pentagon Seeks High School Hackers
Forbes ^ | 5/21/2009 | Andy Greenberg

Posted on 05/22/2009 10:35:55 PM PDT by bruinbirdman

As a cyber space race looms, the military is looking for a few good geeks.

High school hackers, crackers and digital deviants: Uncle Sam wants you.

As part of a government information security review released as early as Friday, White House interim cybersecurity chief Melissa Hathaway likely will mention a new military-funded program aimed at leveraging an untapped resource: the U.S.' population of geeky high school and college students.

The so-called Cyber Challenge, which will be officially announced later this month, will create three new national competitions for high school and college students intended to foster a young generation of cybersecurity researchers. The contests will test skills applicable to both government and private industry: attacking and defending digital targets, stealing data, and tracing how others have stolen it.

The competitions, as planned, go far beyond mere academics. The Air Force will run a so-called Cyber Patriot competition focused on network defense, fending off a "Red Team" of hackers attempting to steal data from the participants' systems. The Department of Defense's Cyber Crime Center will expand its Digital Forensics Challenge, a program it has run since 2006, to include high school and college participants, tasking them with problems like tracing digital intrusions and reconstructing incomplete data sources.

The security-focused SANS Institute, an independent organization, plans to organize what may be the most controversial of the three contests: the Network Attack Competition, which challenges students to find and exploit vulnerabilities in software, compromise enemy systems and steal data.

More is at stake in these games than mere geek glory. Talented entrants would be recruited for cyber training camps planned for summer 2010, nonprofit camps run by the military and funded in part by private companies, or internships at agencies including the National Security Agency, the Department of Energy or Carnegie Mellon's Computer

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: cyberchallenge; hacker; hackers; internet; nsa; sansinstitute

1 posted on 05/22/2009 10:35:56 PM PDT by bruinbirdman
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To: bruinbirdman; wastedyears

I’ll talk about a friend with this.

Bookmark


2 posted on 05/22/2009 10:42:54 PM PDT by wastedyears (Rock and roll ain't worth the name if it don't make ya strut)
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To: bruinbirdman

White hats need not apply.


3 posted on 05/22/2009 10:42:54 PM PDT by SpaceBar
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To: bruinbirdman

Dude, bump.


4 posted on 05/22/2009 10:48:10 PM PDT by allmost
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To: ShadowAce

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5 posted on 05/22/2009 10:50:24 PM PDT by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: SpaceBar

I suspect, in twenty years, we will come to regret this move. This group of high school hackers...who start out working for the US government in some capacity...will eventually decide that the US government itself might be a problem....and decide to take it down. Since they will have learned all of the weaknesses of our own networks...they will have the fast track to bringing down the US.


6 posted on 05/22/2009 10:56:07 PM PDT by pepsionice
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To: bruinbirdman

Super. Our critical infrastructure has been hacked / cracked in every dimension over the last half decade. Rather then employing known best practices in system development and operations, and hiring competent technologists, we challenge unvetted zit-faced teenagers to provide insight into protecting us from nothing short of a nuclear winter (in case you haven’t been keeping up, much of our core, mission critical infrastructure has been totally compromised by Chinese spies [most likely]).


7 posted on 05/22/2009 10:56:15 PM PDT by uncommonsense (liberals see what they believe and conservatives believe what they see)
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To: bruinbirdman
warz.....

the FedGov has used parallel efforts to find code breakers, why not this?

If it works, it works.

8 posted on 05/22/2009 11:01:46 PM PDT by ASOC (Who IS that fat lady, and why is she singing?????)
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To: ASOC

bump


9 posted on 05/23/2009 12:15:16 AM PDT by tophat9000 ( We are "O" so f---ed)
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To: hiredhand; Cindy
Can we work weekends Ping.......?

Boomerang attack......:o)

Choose a random plaintext P and calculate . Request the encryptions of P and P' to obtain C = E(P) and C' = E(P') Calculate and Request the decryptions of D and D' to obtain Q = E − 1(D) and Q' = E − 1(D') Compare Q and Q'; when the differentials hold, .

10 posted on 05/23/2009 12:57:20 AM PDT by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But have a plan to kill everyone you meet)
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To: Squantos

Grinning...

Now Squantos, no hints...as the teachers used to say, “Every student should keep his eyes on his own paper.”


11 posted on 05/23/2009 1:07:34 AM PDT by Cindy
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To: bruinbirdman

Good idea, but I would rather it got put on hold until we can get someone who doesn’t hate America back into the White House .


12 posted on 05/23/2009 1:09:29 AM PDT by Cementjungle
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To: uncommonsense

“Rather then employing known best practices in system development and operations, and hiring competent technologists, we challenge unvetted zit-faced teenagers to provide insight into protecting us ....”

If they’re brought aboard, they’re not unvetted, and that’s after ignoring the fallacy that we are not working both sides of the coin here. We could and should move more rapidly, but an effort like this does not and is not preventing us from hardening systems themselves.


13 posted on 05/23/2009 1:11:16 AM PDT by Sandreckoner
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To: Cementjungle
"Good idea, but I would rather it got put on hold until we can get someone who doesn’t hate America back into the White House ."

Whose idea do you think this is? The Obammunist needs to control the internet not protect secrets in the Pentagon.

yitbos

14 posted on 05/23/2009 1:19:28 AM PDT by bruinbirdman ("Those who control language control minds.")
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To: bruinbirdman
DUH!!! Image and video hosting by TinyPic The steel is already up...Old News...
15 posted on 05/23/2009 1:33:54 AM PDT by 1COUNTER-MORTER-68 (THROWING ANOTHER BULLET-RIDDLED TV IN THE PILE OUT BACK~~~~~)
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To: pepsionice
This group of high school hackers...who start out working for the US government in some capacity...will eventually decide that the US government itself might be a problem....and decide to take it down.

Perhaps far easier to take down would be groups like ACORN.

16 posted on 05/23/2009 1:40:10 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Beat a better path, and the world will build a mousetrap at your door.)
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To: bruinbirdman

And, why the implicit ageism? Shouldn’t seasoned hackers get a shot at this too?


17 posted on 05/23/2009 1:41:01 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Beat a better path, and the world will build a mousetrap at your door.)
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To: Cindy

Yes Ma’mn ......:o(


18 posted on 05/23/2009 2:06:44 AM PDT by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But have a plan to kill everyone you meet)
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To: Squantos

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19 posted on 05/23/2009 2:09:04 AM PDT by Cindy
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To: bruinbirdman

High School Computer Geeks to be recruited by Uncle Sam?

Sounds like part of the plot of that stupid movie: TRANSFORMERS


20 posted on 05/23/2009 2:35:51 AM PDT by Osnome (Moderation in all things)
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To: bruinbirdman
Hell, I've been a fulltime 'hacker' since I was 14... cause that's when I started smoking.

If there is a Red X go to http://www.istockphoto.com/file_thumbview_approve/340575/2/istockphoto_340575-old-man.jpg

21 posted on 05/23/2009 6:24:05 AM PDT by Bender2 ("I've got a twisted sense of humor, and everything amuses me." RAH Beyond this Horizon)
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To: Squantos
Call me paranoid, but I don't buy it. From my past experience, I'd say this nothing more than advertising for a round up. I wouldn't touch this offer with a ten foot pole. Forget about everything else and think of this as an effort to identify those with dangerous skills. Or, let's rephrase this... think of it as a competition to build the best home made bomb. Before somebody accuses me of being over the top, let us not forget that strong cryptography is categorized as a weapons system by the DoD... and for good reason. In addition, most of the "fun stuff" that can be done on networks is categorized as felony crime under USC Title 18.

I might be inclined to find out more about something like this, but with the recent new definitions of domestic terrorist, there's just no warm fuzzy between the (mostly freedom loving) hackers out there and the current administration. The timing of this seems just slightly suspicious.

The real clincher is that there are ALREADY AFSCs and MOSs for information warfare related career fields, and all one has to do is march his/her happy ass to a recruiting office and the ASVAB and express an interest to the recruiter.

The original Forbes article sounds just a tad like a public infomercial for Obama's "Civilian Defense Force"...or whatever they call it. DefCon types are NOT fond of "structure", law enforcement, or DoD.

...sounds fishy to me! :-)
22 posted on 05/23/2009 12:09:22 PM PDT by hiredhand (Understand the CRA and why we're facing economic collapse - see my about page.)
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