Teenage hackers motivated by morality not money, study finds

Young people attack computer networks to impress friends and challenge political system, crime research shows

Teenage hackers are motivated by idealism and impressing their mates rather than money, according to a study by the National Crime Agency.

The law enforcement organisation interviewed teenagers and children as young as 12 who had been arrested or cautioned for computer-based crimes.

It found that those interviewed, who had an average age of 17, were unlikely to be involved in theft, fraud or harassment. Instead they saw hacking as a “moral crusade”, said Paul Hoare, senior manager at the NCA’s cybercrime unit, who led the research.

Others were motivated by a desire to tackle technical problems and prove themselves to friends, the report found.

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