One in four children of school age in the UK have admitted to attempting to hack into an email or Facebook account, according to a recent survey. The poll, which surveyed 1,000 students in London and 150 from Cumbria, found that almost 80 percent of students understood that hacking was wrong. Nevetheless, one quarter of students admitted to attempted to hack into other students’ email and social networking accounts.
Almost half of the respondents who attempted hacking said they did so for fun with a further 21 percent saying they did so for mischievous reasons. One out of five undertook hacking with the idea that they could make money from the endeavor. Over 80 percent admitted that hacking was difficult to successfully pull off.
Also, one third of the students surveyed said they had also been the victims of hacking. Most of the hacking involved students guessing account passwords.
The poll was conducted by the Tufin Technologies along with Cumbria Constabulary. Deputy chief constable Stuart Hyde of the Cumbria Constabulary, said that the survey demonstrated the need for developing better passwords.
“Hacking into personal online accounts whether email or Facebook can be child“™s play if users do not protect their own passwords,” he said. “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.”