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.
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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.
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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.
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