Report: 1 In 5 University Students Use Hacking

Online social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, MySpace and YouTube are all increasing in user numbers by the day, and competition is rife as to who will take the top spot. The sites act as a tool for people to connect to one another and to find out the latest news from around the world. At times, networking sites can be beneficial if used properly but in a recent report by “Tufin Technologies“, indications show that some university students were hacking into such sites.

According to ITProPortal, one in five uni students have admitted to hacking into other peoples social profiles, emails and shopping accounts on the internet. Statistics have shown that at least 37% had hacked into someone’s Facebook profile, 10% steered towards using online shopping accounts whilst 26% had used email accounts.

ITProPortal reported on a statement given by Deputy Chief Constable “Stuart Hyde”, an e-crime specialist from the Association of Chief Police Officers that said,” We live in a world where social networking, email and the internet is embedded into our every day lives from a far younger age, so early education is essential to ensure young people know the devastating consequences this activity can have.”

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