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How Teens Still Hack Million-Dollar Security Systems
But even as bills are introduced that call for more severe penalties for those who break into computer systems, causing monetary damage and potentially putting people at risk, high-profile teen hacker cases persist.
While analysts cannot pinpoint exactly how teens find their way into heavily guarded government and enterprise computer systems, they pointed to several factors that often aid teen vandals more than adult perpetrators. These factors include easy-to-use scripting toolkits, readily available information and abundant time to learn new skills.
"What you're finding today is that young adults are able to look at Web sites, pick up very sophisticated tools and have the ability to run them," Symantec (Nasdaq: SYMC) Security Response senior director Vincent Weafer told NewsFactor.