Nearly a quarter of college and university students have hacked into IT systems, according to a report.
Of the 23 per cent respondents that admitted hacking, 32 per cent said it was cool and 28 per cent considered it to be easy, according to research from IT security firm Tufin Technologies.
Shaul Efraim, vice-president at Tufin Tecnhologies, said: "It is clear we have a smart new generation emerging who understand how to get around computer systems."
Stuart Hyde, deputy chief constable and Association of Chief Police Officers lead on e-crime prevention, said it was worrying how many students surveyed felt hacking was acceptable.
Of the 1,000 students surveyed, 22 per cent cited curiosity as their main reason for hacking, while 15 per cent said they hacked to make money. Some 37 per cent had hacked Facebook accounts and 26 per cent e-mail accounts.
According to a report from security supplier Trend Micro, 40 per cent of teenagers have hacked into social networking sites.
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