18 March 2010
One in four young Britons attempts to access the Facebook accounts of
their friends, a survey claims.
The most common route of access was by working out - or "cracking" -
each other's passwords.
The poll of 1150 under-19s found that nearly half of those who accessed
other accounts did so from either their own computer or one at school.
The main reason given for doing it was for fun, and a further 21%
admitted they hoped to cause disruption.
The young people questioned took part in the online survey anonymously.
78% of them said that they knew that hacking was wrong and 82% said they
found it difficult to do in practice.
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