Modern children enter the online world from the cradle, with recent studies showing that 70 percent of them spend at least three hours on devices daily. At the same time, only about half of parents use parent controlling apps or supervise children as they use digital devices, while the rest pay less attention to their children’s digital behavior. The new hacker:HUNTER series asks why so many hackers are kids and explores the way they end up on this dangerous path.
The four-part series provides an overview of how kids might get acquainted with the hacking world, the tools the cybercrime industry has to offer to help even those with the lack of advanced programming skills to try their hand at hacking, what stance the penal system takes with regard to minor offenders and, finally, raises the question of whether there is a way out from the cybercriminal for kids.
The series features expert comments from Kaspersky Global Research & Analysis team (GReAT) Deputy Director Marco Preuss and Head of GReAT DACH Christian Funk; security researcher Mike Jones; cybersecurity lawyer Alexander Urbelis; clinical psychologist Kelli Dunlap; extradition lawyer Ben Cooper, and others.
“Kids are curious. Kids want to play. And that’s just amazing! For this season of hacker:HUNTER we asked ourselves what happens if that curiosity is turning into criminal behavior? Is it even possible for a 14-year-old to figure out that they are doing something illegal while sitting on their computer in their kids room?,” asks Rainer Bock, hacker:HUNTER’s Executive Producer. “It is a fascinating topic and our four episodes are a short, entertaining and simple introduction to it – both for parents and anyone interested in digital culture.”
Following the broadcast on Euronews, the episodes will also be released by Tomorrow Unlocked - Kaspersky’s YouTube Channel about technology culture.
The new hacker:HUNTER season was directed by Hugo Berkeley, Didi Mae Hand, and Lara Maysa Ingram. The same director line-up worked on the hacker:HUNTER “Next Level” series, which was the first documentary series co-produced by Kaspersky and Euronews and released in the summer of 2022.
The hacker:HUNTER “Next Level” TV audience totaled 98 million people across 30 countries worldwide.
Watch all hacker:HUNTER episodes here.
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