Saturday, April 4, 2009

Britain: Land of the Hackers?

A recent survey conducted by Trend Micro, an Internet security firm, showed some disturbing results. The survey interviewed 1000 British children and adults about their "emorals", or their hacking ethics, and found that hacking is much more common than most people realize.

Apparently, 1 in 7 children aged 12 to 13 have posed as someone else online, and 40% of the interviewed kids have posed accessed someone else's social networking profile. And get this - another 40% have accessed someone else's online banking account without the owners knowledge or permission. And guess what? It's not only boys who are teh 1337 h4x0rs now. The survey found that girls are 3 times as likely as boys to use someone else's shopping and banking accounts.

Kids in Britain aren't the only problem. We all know that kid's learn from the influence of their parents. Well apparently 1 in 3 parents have ALSO hacked into someone else's online account. So much for a good influence.

So if you're computer or online account are hacked into, remember. It's the new generation of hackers that are being bread throughout the world. Lol, you have to love all the media hype about the underworld of the "hackers". aka - script kiddies. Moral of this post - watch your back, because someone out there is trying to break into your account. Moral of the story part B - what the media calls hackers are not really hackers. There crackers and script kiddies. It's a pet peeve of mine to see people like that compared to the real hackers out there.

The original story can be found here: Britain Breeding a Generation of Computer Hackers.

I suggest also that you look up the true meaning of a hacker. Learn the truth about these things - don't just accept what the media tells you about what a hacker is and does. Sorry that there's so many rants like this in this post, but like I said. It's a pet peeve of mine and I'm tired of people confusing hackers with all the different branches of cyber criminals out there.

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