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Game Lets Players Test Computer-Security Skills

University of Washington computer scientists have developed a card game that lets young players find out what it’s like to be a security professional. Control-Alt-Hack—designed for 15- to 30-year-olds with some computer-science knowledge—presents participants with scenarios and ethical situations that security professionals might encounter. In the game, players work for Hackers Inc., a small company that performs security audits and consultations. In their turn, one of the three to six players selects a card that presents them with a hacking challenge including threats to cars or implanted medical devices. The designers say the game could supplement a high school or introductory college-level computer science course or help IT professionals who work in fields other than security. Intel, the US National Science Foundation, and the Association for Computing Machinery's Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education helped fund the project. The researchers will provide a limited number of games for free to educators in the continental US and in the fall, will sell them for about $30. They are presented their work this week at the Black Hat 2012 information-security meeting. (Science Daily)(University of Washington)(Control-Alt-Hack)

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