Teens' Internet accounts hacked, nearly double

Teens hacked on the rise / File photo

More young people these days say they've had their Internet accounts hacked or spied on. Many also say they know who did it and don't seem too bothered.

In an Associated Press-MTV poll, 3 in 10 teens and young adults say they have had people log on to their Facebook, Twitter, MySpace or other Internet accounts and either impersonate or spy on them. That's nearly double the level seen in 2009.

The poll found solid majorities saying they knew who was behind it: 72 percent for spying, 65 percent for hacking.

Fifteen year old Courtney Eisenbraun is among the 46 percent of young people left upset by a hacking experience. She says someone changed her Facebook status to an inappropriate comment about girls in showers at school. "I was really confused about how they got my password," she said. "I felt violated."

Of the young people who said they had been hacked, the poll found that about 7 in 10 said they had considered that their words or pictures could be shared without permission, compared with just over half of those who had not been hacked.

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