The case of the twelve or thirteen year old hacking into some ones private network is becoming more and more common. Earlier this year, a thirteen year old in the ninth grader from a small Christian school in Ontario Canada hacked into his schools database and extracted personal information on both the students and the teachers. The student did not just hack into the network using his knowledge of the network and a connected PC he actually used “external electronic devices” and other “hacking software” that he brought in to aid him. All done during class, this young ninth grader was able to copy all of the personal information the database was holding at the time and not even raise the suspicion of the teacher. Fortunately for the school the files that he stole were ‘read only’ so he didn’t have the ability to edit or delete anything. Probably the most shocking part of this hack is that he went completely undetected until he bragged about it to his teacher who reported it.
Another trend that seems to be getting more and more common in young hackers is hacking just to show they can. This is a real problem. The internet is constantly growing and as we all know you can find just about anything you could ever think of on the internet. This means that kids have access to tools and software that is too powerful and dangerous for them to handle. Kids of this age don’t understand the consequences of their actions and they think they are invincible or above the law when the truth of the matter is that they are not. This student is extremely lucky because he didn’t cause any damage permanent or temporary, nor did he bring the system down for any amount of time; all he did was gain access. He only faces minor charges and will not serve jail time. Other kids are not as fortunate however, and after doing some reading and downloading software available on a hacking blog, hack into Google or something and find themselves facing jail time, massive fines and a criminal record.