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Computer security threatened by kids

A new survey indicates that one of five young people know someone who has or has tried hacking through the Internet. 14 percent claims it is a little or not at all wrong hack into computer networks.

The information provided by the survey regarding youth’s attitude to the Internet and hacking is important information when it comes to public safety since computer systems are so vulnerable.

“There are several types of hacking,” said Stian Sigurd Seland, who touched a computer for the first time at the age of three and who feels that the possibilities are endless. “There are those who just hack to make nonsense, while others do it to find loop wholes in the security systems.”

The Directorate for Civil Protection and Emergency Planning (DSB) claims that it is important to know what people think about hacking since technology has no limits. It is attitudes that must be controlled.

“Modern technological infrastructure is very vulnerable, and therefore, we must first of all get a hold of the people who focus on infrastructure,” said Jon A. Lea at the DSB to TV 2 Nyhetene. “We may have been so fascinated by the new technology that we not thought enough about making public safety.”

The survey shows that 21 percent of the surveyed in the age group 14 to 18 know someone who has tried or hacked through the Internet.

Seland claims he could get a hold of and reveal state secrets if he wanted to.

“If I really wanted to, I probably could, but after ten minutes I would have the Police Security Service at my door, so I’m not very tempted,” Seland said.

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