I think I have a blackhat in my midst


A few weeks back I wrote how my 5 year old son, Blake, decided to hack into our computer. Well, it gets better.


Blake is reading pretty well now, and can write too. But he still comes across words he needs to sound out phonetically.


Yesterday, my wife and I did some cleaning up around the house, and one thing that got moved was a small fireproof safe containing various documents. Blake asked me what was in the box. I told him it was a safe, and we had some papers in there we wanted to keep safe. Hence the name, ‘safe.’ He giggled at the association. Then he asked if he could look inside, I said, “sure, as soon as I find the key.” To be honest, I had no clue where the key was at the time.


I went about my business, and headed into the crawlspace.


A few minutes later I heard Blake say, “TTTTT  AAAAHHHH KKKKSSSS, T A KS, TAX!”


After hearing the word, “tax” I climbed out of the crawlspace and walked over to where I heard him, and there he was in front of the open safe, looking at tax documents. “How did you open the safe, Blake?”, I said. He replied, ‘I found the key!” “Er, how did you find the key?” He then said, “It was with the other keys, and the key says, ‘safe’ on it. So I figured this is the key. And what’s a tax?’


Gotta love ’em!


 

Comments (8)

  1. Hmmm…a gifted boy named "Blake" — who would have thought? (^_^)

  2. Simon says:

    It’s great when they are at that age when they can read rudimentary words by spelling them out.  That is until you have to take them to a public toilet.

    "What’s that say daddy?",  

    "nothing son hurry up, look over there",

    "it does say something, what’s it say?",

    "never mind"

    "S…..U…..C….."

    "We’re going NOW!"

    We got out fairly quickly and the power of distraction made him forget he was trying to read something.

  3. Great story! Not very safe to have a key where your keys are with the name safe on it though 😉

  4. Faisal says:

    Great kid! Mike, you and other "security guys" are in for some tough time when he grows up a bit more 😛

  5. Anon says:

    Richard Feynman got his start as a safecracker..! 🙂

  6. I once was interviewing someone for a security position, and during the interview, it came out that his son (about 10, IIRC) had compromised his home network. So I turned it around on him, and made it an interview question how one would get a 10 year old hacker back to plain user…

    If it’s this bad when he’s 5 or so, 15 should be REALLY interesting!

  7. Barbara Fox says:

    Michael, it is so interestng to read your article and updates re the family.  Also interesting to read about Blake and the "safe" key.  "The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree."  

    Just remember you will need to hide the automobile keys in only five to six more years.

    Congratulations on your continued success.  You make us very proud.

    Barbara

  8. Barbara Fox says:

    Michael, it is so interestng to read your article and updates re the family.  Also interesting to read about Blake and the "safe" key.  "The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree."  

    Just remember you will need to hide the automobile keys in only five to six more years.

    Congratulations on your continued success.  You make us very proud.

    Barbara

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