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These Are The Warning Signs That Your Child Could Be A Hacker

Posted by Admin | March 13, 2017 | IT Security

Do you think your kid could be involved in cyber crime?

Spending too much time on computers and poor sleeping habits might be common teenage traits – but they are also some of the trademark characteristics of a computer hacker.


A cyber security charity has made a list of the warning signs that every parent should be on the lookout for if they suspect their child is involved in cyber crime.

The YouthFed ‘Hackers to Heroes’ programme published the list of warning signs.

The scheme – designed by cyber security expert Vince Warrington – aims to encourage an increasingly digitally literate generation away from cyber crime.

Primary school aged children have been involved

Just last year the UK’s national cyber crime fighting force, the National Crime Agency, warned that the average age of cyber criminals had fallen from 24 to just 17 years old.


Mr Warrington said children as young as eight have become involved in hacking, and most often it starts with online gaming.

Targets are often quite specific, such as rival clans or computer game companies that have done something they dislike.

In December a Welsh teenager was convicted for his involvement in a multi-million pound hack of phone company TalkTalk.

Daniel Kelley, 19, from Llanelli , was found guilty of 11 charges of hacking, blackmail, fraud and money laundering.

They included hacking into customer data and demanding a payment of 465 Bitcoins – a digital currency – worth around £285,000 at today’s rate in October 2015.

He was sentenced to a community rehabilitation order.

Mr Warrington warned that convictions for cyber crime can make it hard to get a job involving computers in the future, but by contrast, careers in cyber security can be highly paid.

“By 2022, we’re looking at a global shortfall of 1.8 million skilled cyber security workers,” Mr Warrington told the Liverpool Echo.

“If you want a career change, cyber is the way to go. The average for a senior cyber security consultant is £80-90,000, and a chief information security officer (CISO) for a mid-sized business costs £120,000 to £140,000. Some CISOs for big banks are pulling in millions of pounds because they’re that valuable.”

These are the warning signs
– They spend most of their free time alone with their computer

– They have few real friends, but talk extensively to online friends about computers
– Teachers say the child has a keen interest in computers, almost to the exclusion of all other subjects
– They’re online so much it affects their sleeping habits
– They use the language of hacking, with terms such as “DdoS” (pronounced D-dos), Dossing, pwnd, Doxing, Bots, Botnets, Cracking, Hash (refers to a type of encryption rather than cannabis), Keylogger, Lulz, Phishing, Spoof or Spoofing. Members of the Anonymous Hacktivist group refer to their attacks as “Ops”
– They refer to themselves and their friends as hackers or script kiddies
– They have multiple social media profiles on one platform
– They have multiple email addresses
– They have an odd-sounding nickname (famous ones include MafiaBoy and CyberZeist)
– Their computer has a web browser called ToR (The Onion Router) which is used to access hacking forums on the dark web
– Monitoring tools you’ve put on the computer might suddenly stop working
– They can connect to the wifi of nearby houses (especially concerning if they have no legitimate reason to have the password)
– They claim to be making money from online computer games (many hackers get started by trying to break computer games in order to exploit flaws in the game. They will then sell these “cheats” online)*They might know more than they should about parents and siblings, not being able to resist hacking your email or social media
– Your internet connection slows or goes off, as their hacker rivals try to take them down
– Some circumstantial evidence suggests children with autism and Asperger’s could be more vulnerable to becoming hackers


Source: walesonline

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