NEW HAVEN, Conn. — A class at a Connecticut university teaches students the tricks of computer hacking. And it’s all part of an effort to keep your information safe.
The University of New Haven calls the course “Ethical Hacking.” If it sounds like they’re talking in code, they are. The students call themselves the “White Hat Hackers.”
It was earlier this month when the most recent hack attack hit the office of personnel management. Millions of federal employees’ personal information was compromised.
In the class, students learn the ins and outs of cybersecurity.
“You have to think like a bad guy, know how they would attack a system so you can make it more secure,” computer science professor Frank Breitlinger said. “That’s what the class is all about.”
There’s an ATM in the lab and it’s not just for the students to get cash for beer. They’re learning how to hack into it.
“It’s eventually to educate people in ATM security and safety,” student Devon Clark said.
“Somebody needs to be on the other side making sure holes are patched up or that someone is at least keeping up with them if not getting one step ahead,” student Tim Whitfield said.