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Course Description

Hacker Simulator is a unique program for anyone who has an interest in cybersecurity, privacy, and technology. In Hacker Camp teens will learn white hat hacking skills from experts running security at companies like Google. This is your environment to practice Linux commands, port scanning, cracking passwords, exploitation of bugs and so much more. Guests will include experts from Google and the US Government Security teams.

Projects include using Linux to hack into systems and IoT devices, and team-based capture the flag activities. Campers will be using the command line, Shodan (often called 'Hacker Google', where they can search for connected devices), and even resources like Google Search and Maps for certain activities. We're also running different virtual escape-room and scavenger hunt-style games.  

We will show clips from the movie "Hackers" and "Mr. Robot," a TV show dramatizing the lives of rogue hackers in NYC with unparalleled technical accuracy, as examples to recreate with hands-on workshops. Campers will also have the opportunity to install the security tools depicted on screen to their own machines, as well as learn how to use those tools.

A character in Mr. Robot finds a Raspberry Pi connected to a security system

Campers will walk away with the ability to hack into systems via the command line, control IoT devices, find and exploit website vulnerabilities, and be comfortable with basic cryptography.  In addition to hard technical skills, campers will also learn how to protect themselves online, the importance of the data they share, how to safely access the internet, and to develop a problem-solving mindset.

Course Outline

Day 1: Website Exploitation

List bounty hunting programs

URL Manipulation of Databases

Types of Databases

Day 2: Wifi Hacking

General safety

What is Linux (GNU/Linux)

What is a distribution (Debian vs Red hat vs Arch)

Kali Linux


What is an IP address

What Are Ports

Overview of Wifi Hacking Tools


What is Monitor Mode


Man in The Middle + Bettercap Overview

Day 3: Cryptography

History and how to solve cryptography puzzles

What is the Darkweb?

How is cryptography used online?

How to hide and find messages (images out of sound, hidden text in image files)

Day 4: Pentesting



Day 5: IoT, Internet of Things

Examples of hardware hacking (i.e. near radio frequency hacking)


Hack into satellites, cameras, Raspberry Pis

Who is this Camp for?

This camps aims to take students interested in hacking and cybersecurity, and take them to the next level by showing them how to use real tools and protect themselves from web exploits. No prerequisites are required, students don't have to know how to code or use any specific tools. Campers will meet other new hackers, compete, and work together to win Capture the Flag competitions.

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Why Cyber Arts

Cyber Arts is not a regular summer camp or just another large-scale, corporate coding and STEM school. We are a small, strategically managed operation that emphasizes an exciting learning experience and personalized small team programming.

Campers participate in hands-on workshops with expert instructors and coaches from top undergraduate universities, including Princeton, Brown, and MIT. With Cyber Arts Camps, students learn with hands-on kits and by building exciting finished resume-ready projects.

Our mission is to empower students to harness the full potential of their minds as they take on high school, college, and life. The rapid advancements of technology are completely reinventing how the world works, and we want to make sure we give teens every tool they need to change our cities, communities, and world for the better.

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