NSA: Hey Kids! Spy on Your Family!

Agency's CryptoKids cartoons touts fun projects like computer surveillance
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Oct 20, 2010 2:46 AM CDT
The computer/math geek starts of CryptoKids cartoons, created by the National Security Agency.   (NSA)

(Newser) – New CryptoKids cartoons created by the National Security Agency urge wanna-be baby spies to make and break codes, pick up languages for easy eavesdropping, and oh, hey, monitor family computers so they know exactly what everyone in the house is doing. The character Decipher Dog discusses his "favorite project" linking all the computers in his home into a single network because it's "neat" to track which family member is using it.

Cartoon stars include "CyberTwins" Cy and Cyndi, whose mom is a government engineer, dad is an military computer scientist, and who "love computers and cyber space," notes Wired. They're no doubt already very interested in careers working for the NSA, and they can find out all about that as well as NSA high school and college programs on the agency's kid website. The cartoons are part of Cyber Security Awareness Month. But you already knew that was this month, right?

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