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Getting into a computer system is an art. It takes talent, patience, knowledge and a lot of luck. While most polling, selecting, and testing takes place in long lines of code on a computer screen, the process is the digital age equivalent of picking a lock – a skill that many hackers also own it. …

WASHINGTON – The girls looked like they were playing pinball in a scary basement somewhere. But don’t be fooled by the looks. Seventh-year student Shaina Adams, 12, who moved the dials, and her new friends from summer camp were on a mission. Under the glowing red lights of the command and control room of the …

Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly reported that the National Academy of Sciences sponsored the GenCyber ​​camps. The National Science Foundation is the scientific organization that sponsors the programs. This story has been updated. Left to right, instructor Vernecia Griffin, camp counselor Sera Crasta and college campers solve a mystery at the International …