The recent Equifax security breach, which affected essentially every other person in the US, is just the latest example of our vulnerability in the face of cybercriminals–and further proof that we need to teach kids as early as possible that they can make good living as hackers.

I’m not talking about the hackers in movies or TV shows who rob online banks or crash the stock market for fun; those aren’t hackers–they’re criminals. Think instead of hackers who understand computer systems so deeply, they can spot bugs before the bad guys do, and fix them.

Hacking in School

Full disclosure: I’m a hacker....

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About the Author:

Carolina Zarate is a fourth-year computer science major at Carnegie Mellon University, and a member of the university’s competitive hacking team, the Plaid Parliament of Pwning.