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Government data under attack by Plymouth hackers

The Herald - Plymouth University is at the centre of a campaign to hack into vital government data.

But MI5 is not hot on the heels of the five teenage hackers, and police are unlikely to come knocking at their doors.

The five are happily hacking away at open-source government information with the coaching and mentoring of i-DAT, Plymouth University's digital arts and technology teamnull.

The programmers are part of a nationwide scheme to find and foster young people who are driven to teach themselves how to write computernull code. The Young Rewired State 2013 team in Plymouth join others in 50 cities and towns across the UK.