Millennials adept at hacking are also those who know least about the legal spying powers the UK government has on your data.
Sixteen-year-old Adam Mudd created a software programme called Titanium that hacked into games over 666,000 IP addresses almost 53,000 were in the UK, he was found guilty on Friday 21st April 2017.
He accumulated £300,000, but teenage hackers aren’t motivated by the money, more by the bravado, like the Talk Talk hacker who was only 17 claiming he was ‘just showing off’, costing the company £42m.
Teenagers are 'just showing off' when they hack you. The UK government is more sinister and acting with impunity.
Ironically then that it should be teenagers that are adept at hacking and living a life of cybercrime when recent research by Rahman Ravelli, corporate crime defence specialists, suggests their peer group are unaware of the Investigatory Powers Act, IPA, which among other powers grants UK intelligence agencies access to personal data from your browsing history.
While 86% of 18-24 year olds are the most prominent age group to share such personal data on social media, 81% of millennials are completely unaware of the implications and infringements on their human rights, the government has reach to ISP and other WiFi providers who are required by law to assist the searches of your personal information.
Using ‘backdoors’ to your data the UK government are now legally able to access your online habits and browsing history. The sort of personal information they can glean about your life is seriously worth protecting.
Though other research shows 18-24 year olds will share passwords on social media, pet’s names for example, this group will also leave apps open with financial details on their phones, freely accessible to anyone hacking or to the government with its new Intelligence powers.
The IPA replaces the RIPA and DRIPA regulations, which the government had used before now, this was flawed and stitched together legislation not robust enough to withstand the allegations that Snowden had made against GCHQ and its viewing of personal data, and did not grant sweeping powers as the IPA hence it was rushed through parliament, and passed despite journalists and advocates for freedom of speech, protection of sources talking about it’s serious ramifications on democracy and liberty.
In the end, very little changes to the final bill was passed from both sides of the house, despite promises.
The BBC have themselves been giving out 1m technology kits to teach young people how to hack with materials from Technology Will Save Us, Bethany Koby CEO ethos is this;
“We are trying to show kids that hacking and coding can be as much fun as picking up a paint brush, or making something out of wood or metal”.
Fun? Hacking to commit cybercrime?
Perhaps then it is a case of outsmarting the authorities hacking them before they hack you, or more likely it is every woman/man for themselves and we can expect more cyber-crime and spying from both sides.
In sum, be careful what you put online, teenagers or the government, they’re all interested in your data for bravado, sale or spying.