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Turkey recruits youth hackers to boost cybersecurity

Increasingly susceptible to cyberattacks, Turkey is recruiting former hackers and tech-savvy citizens for training in cyber affairs, but some worry the Turkish government will use these new capabilities to monitor its own citizens.
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Facing growing concern over cybersecurity, the Turkish government is trying to recruit thousands of youngsters for training in cyber affairs. The country's National Intervention Center Against Cyber Attacks (USOM) even organized a competition called “Cyberstar” that attracted 27,000 young people.

Some former internet pirates have found new futures as white-hat hackers in information technology (IT) for the government. One of these, 18-year-old A.S., spoke with Al-Monitor on condition of anonymity about his experience in the IT world.

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