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One in three teenagers admitted that they would commit cyber crimes for money. The study warns that Britain is breeding a generation of computer hackers. The cyber crimes included hacking or spying on the Internet.

The survey, undertaken by Internet security firm Trend Micro, polled 1,000 children and their parents across the Britain.

Researchers found that a large proportion of today’s youngsters are devoid of "e-morals" and have no scruples about hacking into other peoples’ emails, bank accounts or personal networking profiles.

Over 10 % of youngsters aged 12 to 18 said they thought it was "cool" or even "funny" to pose as someone else online, while one in seven children aged 12 to 13 admitted they already had done such things. A third of those polled said they would consider hacking or spying on the Internet if they could earn money by doing so.

Forty percent of youngsters admitted they had logged on to another person’s social networking profile. The same proportion of young people had accessed someone else’s online banking or email accounts.

Boys were found to be twice as likely as girls to log into someone’s social networking site.
Girls were up to three times more likely than boys to access someone’s online shopping or bank accounts without the owner knowing.

Additionally, the researchers discovered that parents were setting a poor example for their children, as one in three said they had hacked into someone else’s online accounts.

These results come as a stark warning for parents to become more familiar with what their kids get up to when they get online. It is also essential that parents led by example at all times.


It came as a surprise that one in three parents in the survey had said that they had hacked into other people's online accounts. I have always been under the impression that the "older" generation is not quite as computer savvy as the newer generation.