Ethical Hacking Is No Oxymoron

Students study to become Certified Ethical Hackers.

A Los Angeles-area college recently started a class on breaking into network systems. The students pay nearly $4,000 to attend "Hacker College," where they race through topics like symmetric versus asymmetric key cryptography (symmetric is faster), war dialing (hackers will always call late at night) and well-known TCP ports and services (be wary of any activity on Port 0). The course prepares students for an exam offered by the International Council of E-Commerce Consultants, or EC-Council. If they pass that test, they get the ultimate seal of approval: Certified Ethical Hacker.

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