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Kennesaw State University's College of Continuing and Professional Education is launching a 16-week ethical hacker certification course to meet growing demand in metro-Atlanta for cybersecurity experts.
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The typical hacker has something of a bad reputation. They hack into websites with weak cybersecurity systems to steal and sell credit card numbers and private information. 

But there are also "ethical" hackers as well, who hack into systems, with permission, to notify companies of places where their networks are vulnerable to attacks. 

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Atlanta Police Department's Twitter Account Hacked

Mar 15, 2017
Alison Guillory / WABE

The Atlanta Police Department was one of hundreds of corporate and government agency Twitter accounts hacked across the globe on Tuesday evening.

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The attack is the result of Turkey's diplomatic feud with Germany and the Netherlands, the Associated Press said.

Susan Walsh, File / WABE

The Department of Homeland Security has asked the state of Georgia to provide records after the state accused the agency of "failed cyberattacks" on its secretary of state's network.

In a letter Tuesday, the agency's inspector general John Roth says the information will be used to investigate Secretary of State Brian Kemp's allegations.

Kemp has said his office found 10 attempts to infiltrate the state's network by computers traced back to the Homeland Security Department. Kemp has described one of the scans on Nov. 15 as a "large attack" and the others as less intrusive.

Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) during a hearing at the Senate Finance Committee, May, 2013.
Charles Dharapak / Associated Press

Sen. Johnny Isakson says already established committees should be the first in congress to investigate what the CIA, and FBI have reportedly called an attempt by Russia to sway the 2016 election in favor of Donald Trump. The agencies say they’ve concluded Russia hacked the Democratic National Committee and top Hillary Clinton campaign staffers during the election.

“We need to determine what we know we know, and what we know we don’t know,” Isakson said. “And the more you know you don’t know is the more need for a committee, but until we get to that point I’m not ready to do it.”

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