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Hackers from the cradle

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Tuesday, September 1, 2020

We once helped a media outlet write a publication about parental control. We’ve discussed its necessity and effectiveness on more than one occasion, and there exist many applications and services for blocking access to websites. Dr.Web anti-viruses are equipped with this feature too.

The problem is that although the restrictions work, they can be circumvented too. And more often than not, children do find their way around them. As a result, they become exposed to information about hacking techniques and tools and learn how much money cybercriminals can make. They are enticed by the promises of easy living. And many of them give way to the temptation.

From September on, underage players will only be able to enjoy video games for 1.5 hours on weekdays and will have no more than three hours to play games on weekends. According to the Chinese government, the new restrictions are meant to protect minors.


Will it work? We doubt it.

Unfortunately, people often become cybercriminals at a very early age. Honest work doesn't appeal to many people. Others take risks in order to feel thrill in the face of danger. What becomes the greatest incentive? Is it about the money? Do they want to feel like tough guys? Improve their self-esteem? We’ve seen no results of any studies on the subject.

Besides, the punishment for underage offenders is less severe. After all, they’re just kids.

Graham Ivan Clark, а 17-year-old from Tampa, whom US authorities believe to be the 'mastermind' behind the Twitter hack scheme, was previously caught stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars in bitcoin.

The suspect was never charged because he is still a minor. Having escaped unscathed, just two weeks after the stolen bitcoins were seized, Graham Clark started planning the Twitter hack.


Impunity. And the money.

He is believed to have $3 million worth of bitcoins in his possession. According to his lawyer, he made this fortune by legal means.


And inadequate security measures on the Internet.

An online court hearing for Graham Ivan Clark, the alleged 17-year-old Twitter hack mastermind, was held on Zoom.

The event was attended by the judge, district attorney and a number of other officials. However, the video call was cut short before the hearing was over due to a prankster’s attack.

The call organisers neglected security basics and thus were unable to prevent third parties from interrupting the event. More specifically, the video call wasn't password-protected, and virtually anyone could output their video stream to the main window and interrupt a speaker.


Insufficient security measures only encourage young cybercriminals. They don't need to work hard to accomplish their task. With abundant information about attacking techniques and hack tools at their disposal, they have a myriad of vulnerable websites to choose from. Pick any target you like!

This time, Intel's source code was leaked. As many as 16.9 gigabytes of files containing Intel's proprietary data and source code appeared in the public domain.

Interestingly, Intel had been storing some of the data and source code files in password-protected zip archives, and the passwords used were "intel123" and "Intel123".

Confidential information. Leaked from Intel. And the password was 123. And these people design security solutions among many other things.

#hacking #virus_maker #children #Internet #Parental_Control

The Anti-virus Times recommends

A temptation can never be avoided by imposing restrictions. Sometimes adolescents may be unable to recognise what’s dangerous and what’s not. Teenagers don't know what fear is yet. Everything appears to be part of another video game.

And what if tomorrow they choose to compromise the infrastructure of a plant that manufactures hazardous chemicals?

We are now appealing to parents: You are responsible for your children's future. Our Parental Control can help you control how much and where they are playing. But only you can teach them what is right and what is wrong.


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