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US looks to recruit student hackers

Wants them to defend against foreign attacks

WASHINGTON — In the eighth grade, Arlan Jaska figured out how to write a simple script that could switch his keyboard’s Caps Lock key on and off 6,000 times a minute. When friends weren’t looking, he slipped his program onto their computers. It was all fun and games, until the program spread to his middle school.

“They called my parents and told my dad I was hacking their computers,’’ Jaska, 17, recalled.

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