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    I have no desire to reply to the other thread on this topic, and cause people to carry on with their argument after high-jacking the, "Defcon Kids in the news," thread, so I have started a new one with URL/links and quotes from news stories. (I Try to do this for other Defcon contests and events that are described in news stories, too.)

    URL1=Feds to kids: Hacking for government agencies can be cool, Aliya Sternstein 08/03/2011

    Originally posted by URL1
    Federal officials are planning to tell computer-savvy children about the risks and rewards of using their coding skills to break into computers at this weekend's first-ever DEF CON Kids hacker conference.
    ... The two-day computer security workshop for children ages 8 to 16 is part of the 19th annual DEF CON conference in Las Vegas, which attracts a variety of technologists, including ethical hackers hired by companies to find security defects, as well as the criminal kind of network intruders.
    The corporate information security scholar[*] has attended DEF CON since 2003.

    [*="Andrea M. Matwyshyn, a legal studies and business ethics professor at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School"]

    ... [Johnny] Long is expected to present at DEF CON Kids right before the feds Saturday.
    At DEF CON, a staff member from NSA's National Cryptologic Museum will talk about code-making and code-breaking, as well as demonstrate an authentic World War II-era Enigma machine that the Germans used to encrypt secret messages.
    The DEF CON session also could serve as a deterrent for would-be cybercriminals. ...
    URL2=Computer security convention now under way at the Rio By Chris Sieroty, LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL, Posted: Aug. 5, 2011 | 2:01 a.m.
    Originally posted by URL2
    This is a big week in Las Vegas for computer hackers. The long-running DefCon conference, which will also host the inaugural DefCon Kids, has taken over the Rio.

    URL3=10-year-old hacker finds zero-day flaw in games Seth Rosenblatt , August 7, 2011 4:00 AM PDT
    Originally posted by URL3
    10-year-old hacker CyFi discovered her first zero-day exploit earlier this year, and presented her findings at the first DefCon Kids at DefCon 19. (image in article, more details on Defcon Kids in article.
    More links to this story:
    * 10-Year-Old Presents App Exploit at DefCon Sara Yin August 8, 2011 05:19pm EST

    URL4=DefCon Kids guides young hackers to do good Byron Acohido, Aug 8, 2011
    Originally posted by URL4
    Children 8 to 16 were welcomed for the first time ever at the DefCon hackers conference, held at the Rio hotel in Las Vegas this past weekend....

    More about Defcon Kids:
    * DefCon opens its doors to pre-teen and teen hackers Emi Kolawole, 06:00 AM ET, 08/09/2011
    * Defcon Contest Expands to Include Kids This Year aandrews , August 15, 2011 6:15 AM
    * 10 Year Old Hacker Solaria Sun , 08-10-2011
    * Judge Thyself: The haters came out of the woodwork regarding Defcon Kids. What are they scared of? That kids may actually learn something useful? Mike Rothman , Aug 11, 2011 , 05:29 PM
    * Hackers' Low-Tech Tool: A Phone Call Zoe Chace , August 16, 2011 , 04:11 pm
    * Blog-Shaw Capital Management News: Warning: DefCon Prepping the Future of Hacking Community Gangnam-Gu, Seoul -- (SBWIRE) -- 08/15/2011
    Last edited by TheCotMan; September 1, 2011, 01:41.

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    Re: Defcon Kids in the news (Part 2)

    Two months later, there is another story on this:

    URL1=License to Hack: Kids are getting into hacking in a whole new way. And that’s a good thing. Kathy Ishizuka, October 1, 2011

    Originally posted by URL1
    DefCon, the annual hacker gathering in Las Vegas, marked a first this year: a kids’ track. With legendary hacker and DefCon founder, Jeff Moss, aka “The Dark Tangent,” on hand to welcome them, the kids—about 100 budding code crackers aged 8 to 16—fanned out to “classrooms” in the Rio hotel to attend demos and presentations, with a 10-year-old California girl’s zero-day find, a vulnerability in a mobile game, among the highlights.