Christian Science Monitor: So you want to be a hacker? Advice from the kids of DEF CON

These are hacker kids. From 8 to 16 years old, they gather at r00tz Asylum, held on the sidelines of the DEF CON hacker conference in Las Vegas, to learn about cybersecurity from professionals and their peers. They picked locks and ripped apart laptops and other electronic gadgets to explore what's inside.

“Breaking Good” by teaching kids to hack at R00tz Asylum

For young hackers that come to DEF CON every year, it requires no proof that without understanding how to break a system and then put it back together, it is impossible to make the tech they love and use more secure and resilient.

Where kids can hack without getting in trouble

The end game is to get kids excited about a career or at least a hobby in security research (aka hacking). But it's not exactly presented that way. "If you say to a group of kids, 'Hey, who wants to learn about security and privacy,' two kids raise their hand," said Sell. "If you say, 'Who wants to learn to eavesdrop on cellphones or hack a Tesla?' every kid will raise their hand because it's fun." Read More.

Don't baby these kid hackers

CNET // by Laura Hautala

Defcon event puts children's hacking skills front and center.

15 under 15: Rising stars in cybersecurity

As [kids] brace for an even more connected future, there’s a growing community of kids dedicated to fighting off the threat of cyberattacks.

Teaching kids to hack for good

Got a kid with dreams of hacking? Dedicated to children, r00tz Asylum takes place at the annual DEF CON hacking conference, offering a three-day schedule jam-packed with learning and fun for young padawan hackers. Read More.

Finding a safe space for kids to hack

Leading security researchers from around the world had gathered to teach this generation — and their parents — how to safely deploy the hacker mind-set in today's increasingly digital world. Read More.

Hacking Real Things Becomes Child's Play At This Camp

At r00tz, a camp that takes place each year during the Def Con convention in Las Vegas, children learn to pick locks, hack smart TVs and, most important, how to take apart and understand the technology that surrounds them. Read More.