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InformationWeek: Hacker School Teaches Security... Students Learn Vulnerabilities...

Mar 28, 2000, 20:58 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Matthew G. Nelson)

"More than 20 students recently sat in a muggy room on the 12th floor of a New York office building to learn how to hack into Microsoft Windows NT and Linux systems. But it wasn't an underground session run by computer criminals; instead, these students hoped to learn how to protect their computer systems and E-commerce Web sites from attack."

"The Ultimate Hacking class was taught by startup Foundstone Inc., formerly Rampart Security Systems, which offers security consulting services as well as classes on the tools of the hacker's trade. Foundstone, in Mission Viejo, Calif., has received $3 million in funding from Olympic Venture Partners."

""We have laptops for everybody with both Linux and NT, and we bring our own server boxes that have been misconfigured or have known vulnerabilities on them and then allow the students to break into them," says Stuart McClure, Foundstone's president and chief technology officer. "We want to train people to understand what hackers do and how they do it, because that's the only way they can protect themselves. Know thy enemy.""

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