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Teen Cybercop Out to Keep Games from High School’s Computers

March 18, 1995

COLUMBIA, Md. (AP) _ He’s a computer whiz kid on a mission: Foil the hackers who keep trying to play games on the high school’s computers.

Ben Mowery, 15, is a computer cop for Altholton High School. He polices the school’s 33 IBM computers to make sure no one tampers with the program he installed to keep them game-free.

Computer-savvy classmates have broken his password, rewritten the program _ even stolen the computer disk that holds the security code in an effort to sneak past the barriers Mowery has erected.

``Now I have to keep a close eye on my pockets,″ Mowery said. ``I don’t want them to get their hands on my source disks.″

It takes Mowery a day to make a new program, and he goes back to work every time someone cracks the code.

``They’ve come up with some real neat ways to beat Ben’s program,″ said Reg Hahne, the school’s computer teacher. ``That’s really good because it forces Ben to continue improving his program.″

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