The study of CPP showed that 13% of UK Internet users have ever belonged to someone else’s account without permission.
Social networking sites such as Facebook, are the most popular target for these hackers. However, personal and business correspondence, portals for cash transactions, such as PayPal and online banking are also not left behind and were visited by these users without knowledge of their owners.
Of all confessed to “everyday hacking” around a third (32%) said they did it just for fun. 29% of respondents would like to follow their partners and 8%, followed by their colleagues. However, there were 2% who wanted to get out of the extracted information, financial gain.
CPP also found that 16% of users affected by the fact that their password-protected accounts have visited other persons without their knowledge. About a quarter (24%) of them said that their electronic mailboxes were broken, 7% reported that someone went into their account, intended for business writing. One in five (19%) admitted that his account was hacked on eBay, 16% reported that they suffered a social network account.
In addition, one in ten said that his name was taken or loan money in the bank without its permission.
“Perhaps many people think its funny to hack an account a friend or colleague, but in reality what they are doing is hacking,” – said Danny Harrison, an expert on fraudulent transactions in the CPP.
“Getting someone’s personal information without the knowledge of the fact the owner is a serious act and may have far-reaching consequences, both for his personal life hacker, and for his career. We urge everyone to watch their passwords and closely monitor their accounts” .
One-fifth (17%) of users admitted that they viewed video on the Internet, which is a guide to hack accounts, and 87% of respondents believe that this video should not be widely available.
Two-thirds (63%) want to hack guide were removed, while 56% believe that it must address the government. In addition, 59% believe that these videos promote the development of online fraud.
“Hacking is a serious threat to consumers and businesses and they must take steps to protect your personal data. People are worried that information protected by passwords, can be used without their knowledge, and we urge the Government to reconsider its opinion regarding the accessibility of these tutorials hacking lessons “- added Harrison.
CPP advise users who are concerned about the security of their personal information, change passwords regularly, use secure Wi-Fi connections and fear of the unknown site certificates and pop-ups.