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.Full Report Here