According to BBC, researchers at antivirus company AVG highlighted programs designed to steal virtual currency. The study, written by experts experienced “amateur” malicious code that was used to steal data. As it turns out, the author of the code was a child.
Researchers reported that today’s children are able to write tools for hacking accounts of gaming web-sites and social networks. Employees at AVG argue that while teaching children programming, you must teach them what to and what not to do while the kids still do not understand the possible consequences of their actions.
The code has a number of common characteristics, researchers report. The majority of malicious code written using Visual Basic and C #, in addition, they contain elementary errors that are unlikely to have been made ??by a professional hacker.
Experts have examined one specific instance of such a code, disguised as a cheat program for gamers playing Runescape, subscribed to by more than 200 million online-players. Program Runescape Gold Hack players allegedly promised free virtual currency for the game, but in reality the attacker carries out the theft of data of unsuspecting users.
As the technical director of AVG Yuval Ben-Yitzhaki (Yuval Ben-Itzhak), after examining the source code, the experts have found interesting information. Thus, malware stealing data of players and send it to a specific email address. Developer program included in it in your email address, password and other information, which would not have made ??a normal hacker. Experts have found that e-mail address belongs to 11-year old child from Canada. With this information, the researchers identified a city that is home to the boy.
Experts point out that now the schools are teaching programming and not simply the use of computers. In the UK, opened school clubs with the support of companies such as Google and Microsoft. Therefore, Yuval Ben-Yitzhaki insists to teach children how to use this knowledge.