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'Nerd-speak' and thwarting hacks: Top youth cyber-security competition comes to Baltimore

'Nerd-speak' and thwarting hacks: Top youth cyber-security competition comes to Baltimore

A Loyola Blakefield student squinted at his laptop screen and scrolled slowly through rows of computer code. One classmate typed deliberately beside him; another clicked between a few open windows. Over the loudspeaker, someone issued a warning: Remember to use your library voices.

“It’s about as exciting as watching paint dry,” joked Bernie Skoch, the commissioner of the Air Force Association’s National High School Cyber Defense Competition.

By all outside appearances, the scene inside the Hyatt Regency Baltimore Inner Harbor ballroom Tuesday morning was calm. But in reality, dozens of students were locked in to one of the country’s premiere youth cyber-security competitions....

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