University students hack IT systems

Nearly a quarter of college and university students have hacked into IT systems, according to a report.

Nearly a quarter of college and university students have hacked into IT systems, according to a report.

Of the 23% respondents that admitted hacking, 32% said it was cool and 28% considered it to be easy, according to research from IT security firm Tufin Technologies.

Shaul Efraim, vice-president at Tufin Tecnhologies, said: "It is clear we have a smart new generation emerging who understand how to get around computer systems."

Stuart Hyde, deputy chief constable and Association of Chief Police Officers lead on e-crime prevention, said it was worrying how many students surveyed felt hacking was acceptable.

Of the 1,000 students surveyed, 22% cited curiosity as their main reason for hacking, while 15% said they hacked to make money. Some 37% had hacked Facebook accounts and 26% e-mail accounts.

According to a report from security supplier Trend Micro, 40% of teenagers have hacked into social networking sites.



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We build highly vulnerable systems and no longer teach morality or responsibility. I'm only surprised that many more students haven't done far worse.
That's a surprisingly high number.

And, ok, when I read that 37% have "hacked" into Facebook accounts, that makes me wonder if they're just talking about grabbing their roommate's unlocked phone and sneaking a peak at their FB account. I see people on FB refer to that as "hacking", but, um, no. Sorry, it's not.
The article should've specified what's "hacking" in the context. Any unauthorized access? Then stealing or guessing someone's password to access email or FB counts.