Hackers seek to save America

Friday, 17 September 2004, 9:21 AM EST

Jason Larsen types in a few lines of computer code to hack into the controls of a nearby chemical plant. Then he finds an online video camera inside and confirms that he has pumped up a pressure value.

"It's the challenge. It's you finding the flaws," he said when asked about his motivation. "It's you against the defenders. It comes from a deep-seated need to find out how things work."

Larsen, 31, who wears his hair long and has braces on his teeth, is a computer hacker with a twist. His goal is not to wreak havoc, but to boost security for America's pipelines, railways, utilities and other infrastructure, part of a project backed by the Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory.

By Adam Tanner at The Age.

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