At Berkeley, a New Generation of “Ethical Hackers” Learns to Wage Cyberwar

“Whenever I teach a security class, it happens that there is something
going on in the news cycle that ties into it,” Doug Tygar, a
computer-science professor at the University of California, Berkeley,
told me recently. Pedagogically speaking, this has been an especially
fruitful year. So far in 2017, the Identity Theft Resource Center, an
American nonprofit, has tallied more than eleven hundred data breaches,
the highest number since 2005. The organization’s running list of
includes health-care providers, fast-food franchises, multinational
banks, public high schools and private colleges, a family-run
chocolatier, an e-cigarette distributor, and the U.S. Air Force. In all,
at least a hundred and seventy-one million records have been
compromised. Nearly eighty-five per cent of those can be traced to a
single catastrophic breach at

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