For a long time, my primary language was Python. As a former technical artist, Python was all I needed to get my job done. In fact, I loved Python so much, that I shied away from learning other languages. Because, you know, I could already do everything with Python!
School for Hackers Since at least 1994, South Korean military and intelligence officials have warned of the growing threat posed by an "infowar" academy in North Korea, which they say was founded in the 1980s and is also known as the Automated Warfare Institute, according to a story on Wired News today. As Seoul sees it, graduates of the elite hacking program at its northern neighbors Mirim College are skilled in everything from writing computer viruses to penetrating network defenses and programming weapon guidance systems. Yet Pentagon and State Department officials say they are unable to confirm South Korea's claims that Mirim or any other North Korean hacker academy even exists, Wired reports. Closer to home, a New York Times story last week profiled Andrew Robinson, who runs a small information security company in Portland, Maine, and his free after-school program called Tiger Team. Its intended to teach teenagers the basics of ethical hacking, or protecting a company's computer system from attack by learning how to attack it yourself. Robinson got the idea for this "information security sandbox" at a job fair, where he met a teenager who had been arrested for low-level hacking, said the Times. Seeing that as a waste, considering the constant demand for information security professionals, he created a nonprofit organization, the Internet Security Foundation, dedicated to educating the public about information security.