Playing Games

Data banks become kids' stuff

"It was really easy," said one of the perpetrators. "It didn't take too much intelligence to get into the things."

In the movie WarGames, a bright teen-ager uses his home computer to gain access to the key U.S. military computer. Inspired by the film, a group of youths, including Explorer Scouts from a troop taught and sponsored by IBM in Milwaukee, used their home computers to penetrate a dozen computers in the U.S. and Canada. Included were Security Pacific National Bank in Los Angeles and the nuclear weapons laboratory in Los Alamos, N. Mex., both of...

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