Could you imagine your 11-year-old child writing malware? Doubtful, right? Most parents know their kids get up to no-good on occasion – but writing malware probably never crosses their minds.
But these “high-jinks” can have a more serious side.
Mostly kids writing malware are doing it to show off to their peers, by demonstrating their “hacking” ability. It could be stealing someone’s game logins. This might seem trivial at first, but online gaming accounts are often connected to credit card details to enable in-game purchases, and these may also have virtual currency accounts amounting to hundreds of dollars.
Furthermore, many gamers
We have found examples of young children writing malware, including an 11-year-old from Canada. The code usually takes the form of a basic Trojan written using the .NET framework, which is easy to learn for beginners and simple to deploy via a link in an email or posted on a social media page.
Should we be surprised that young children are writing malware? Probably not. Kids are getting far more sophisticated in their technical development, particularly as most schools and homes now have PCs with internet connections. AVG’s Digital Diaries studies have pointed to kids of all ages becoming technically savvy at ages earlier than we
Unlike fully fledged
Today’s kids are often more computer savvy than their parents, but this shouldn’t mean that parents turn a blind eye to what their children are doing on their computers. We recommend that parents take an active interest in what their children are doing on their computers and learn more about the applications their kids are using and creating.
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