We should all be concerned about the growing criminalization of hacking, highlighted in a new, updated report by McAfee on Organised Crime and the Internet. This publication confirms a disturbing trend for criminals to recruit top computer students from UK universities. The report also suggests that children as young as 14 are being drawn into online crime by the promise of “celebrity status” among their peers.
Unfortunately, what might seem attractive at first will quickly become a highly dangerous lifestyle for the hackers, their family and their friends. Cyber crime is a dark, dirty business, not the glamorous profession that many young people would like it to be.