It is not necessarily unusual for teenagers and young adults to get included in cyber crime activities at an early age. A large number of doing it to keep things interesting without realizing the consequences of their actions – but the penalties can be severe. Cyber crime is not a victimless crime which is considered extremely seriously legally adjustment. The teenagers that become involved in cyber crime frequently have a skill set that could offer a positive use. Skills in coding, gaming, computer development, cyber security or whatever IT-related are in high demand and there are many careers and opportunities accessible to anyone with an interest in these areas.
What are some good examples of cyber crimes that require predominantly young offenders?
1. Hacking – this requires getting access to someone’s computer network without their authorization, and then taking control and/or taking information from other people’s computers. Illustrations may include accessing the secure area on the school’s computer network and looking for test newspaper answers or trying to change test scores.
2. Producing, supplying or obtaining spyware and adware (malicious software), viruses, spyware and adware, botnets and Remote Gain access to Trojans is illegal. These types of programs allow criminals to get into other’s computer systems to carry out illegitimate activities. ‘Pranking’, by slightly accessing a friend’s computer when they don’t know you are doing it and messing around is still illegal.
3. Carrying away a DDoS (Distributed Refusal of Service) attack or ‘booting’ a DDoS is when a site is attacked by sending it lots of websites traffic. This means anyone who wants to go to that site won’t be capable of access it. Booting someone offline whilst playing online games may seem to be a harmless joke, but is still illegal.
Young people getting included with cybercrime could face, depending on country
1. A visit and warning from law enforcement officials, as well as a penalty fine.
2. Arrest and prison sentencing for serious accidents.
3. Their computers being seized and being avoided from accessing the internet.
Many children will have an active interest in coding and programming, spend a lot of time online and have self-employed learning materials. They are all signs of a healthy and positive interest in computing and intensely valuable skills to be encouraged to develop – however in a lawful way.