Today's kids start hacking at school

A quarter of British school-kids have tried their hand at hacking, a survey suggests

While "hacking" in the is case means trying to access other people's Facebook accounts, some twenty per cent of those admiiting to trying it reckon they could make money out of it.

Most commonly, the kids interviewed said they hacked for fun reason was for fun (46 per cent). Twenty-one per cent said they aimed to cause disruption. A small minority of five per cert said they were switching to the dark side as a career move.

And it’s not just the boys. The survey from Tufin Technologies revealed that 47 per cent of teenager hackers are girls.

The study of 1,000 youngsters from London and 150 from Cumbria found 27 haked from home. Internet cafes are used by 22 per cent of the 1,000 juveniles surveyed twenty-one per cent use the ICT suite at school.

The results showed that Cumbrian children with hacking habits were much younger than their city counterparts, with 78 per cent having hacked before their 13th birthday, in London 44 per cent were under 16.

Further exploration into the survey results reveals that 27 per cent of the kids who were hacking admitted they were caught. Eighty-two per cent confessed that hacking wasn't actually that easy in practice, and a noteworthy 70% labelled the practice as uncool.

Reuven Harrison, CTO of Tufin Technologies, said that one of the most worrying statistics from this survey is the staggering numbers of kids that are successful and the ages involved.

"Hacking has changed a lot in the past few years from the curiosity or fun factor to now making serious money or causing havoc in the corporate environment", he said.

Cumbria Constabulary’s Deputy Chief Constable Stuart Hyde said the survey starkly highlights the fact that "hacking into personal online accounts whether email or Facebook can be child’s play if users do not protect their own passwords. It illustrates the importance of keeping your passwords strong, secure and changing them regularly to help protect your accounts from unscrupulous people of all ages. "