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Kids 'using coding skills to hack' friends on games, expert says

Children as young as 11 years old are writing malicious computer code to hack accounts on gaming sites and social networks, experts have said.

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oakshin2443d ago

natural evolution in modern society for good and bad

profgerbik2443d ago (Edited 2443d ago )

Nothing new here.

Experts are just now figuring this out? Their expertise must suck then. Children have been hacking at that age ever since computers have existed.

Hacking was even more popular then than it is now because back then there wasn't much else to do on a computer besides hack things.

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ZoyosJD2443d ago

I remember back in the day when I had a program that could alter nearly any variable in any running program. You just had to know which was which without accidentally crashing everything.

I remember my first time switching out textures, and in some cases, entire levels of a sonic game. Mods for doom, unreal, and the like...

ZombieNinjaPanda2443d ago

They think these children are writing the code? Not at all. They're just downloading stuff they've found online and using it.

ZoyosJD2443d ago (Edited 2443d ago )

In most cases, yes. But, there are a surprising number of kids I know who had been fully writing webpages, modding games, hacking social profiles, etc. by the age of 13. Regardless of how minimal these "hacks" are you know very well what kind of people these kids can turn into.

DeadlyFire2442d ago (Edited 2442d ago )

I wouldn't say modding a game or writing code for a web page as "hacking" in any negative way.

I myself use to mod Jedi Knight when it was popular around MSN Gaming Zone when Microsoft had a chance to build a PC Xbox Live type service in a successful way back then, but opted to kill it off instead.

If you are asking yourself WTF is MSN gaming zone then you never played those old games in 1997 did ya?

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