One In Four British Teenagers Have Hacked "For Fun"

A survey carried for Security company Tufin Software Technologies in partnership with the Cumbria Constabulary has found out that a quarter of those questioned have tried to hack into their friends' Facebook accounts.

The irony of course is that Facebook's own terms and conditions stipulates that no one below the age of 13 year old should be a member of the world's most popular social networking website.

The study also highlighted the fact that nearly one in five of the respondents have tried to access a friend's email with six percent saying they have attempted to access their parents emails.

Worryingly, one in fourteen said that they have tried to attack an online shopping website, five percent their school's website and a staggering three percent focusing on corporate websites.

Even more telling is the fact that a fifth of those in the sample said they tried to cause disruption and a similar proportion acknowledged that they did it to get money.

The overwhelming number of those included in the survey were from London with only 150 of the 1150 anonymous replies coming from Cumbria.

Perhaps a sign of things to come, five percent - that's 47 in all - have said that they my explore hacking (black or white) has a career option.

Our Comments

This is something actually quite frightening and shows the kind of monstrous moral gap that lies between the older and the newer generation. Given the fact that someone like Gary McKinnon, the so-called NASA hacker, is on the verge of being extradited to the US, one can only wonder how many Brits might follow him if the survey is indeed a reflection of hacking amongst youngsters.

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