Computer hacking has long been considered a young person’s game. Since the first hackers really got started in the early 1980’s, the vision most people have in their head is a guy in his parent’s dingy basement, wearing some type of Marvel Super Hero tee shirt, surrounded by monitors and video game systems.
There is no doubt that this particular stereotype exists for a reason. On numerous occasions, attacks have been conducted by basement those dwellers. Movies like “War Games” and “Hackers” perpetuated the teen hacker mantra, possibly even inspiring the next-generation of cyber attackers as computers and the internet began to hit its stride for personal and corporate use throughout the world. With so many different avenues to take now between social media, smart phones and susceptible corporations, teenage cyber criminals are thriving.