Youth and Cyber Crime in the UK

Cyber crime is at the forefront of national security agencies around the world.  This burgeoning field of study is still shrouded in unknowns with criminals able to commit crime without a trace of who or where they are.  Who can we rely on to keep our digital assets and information safe and, conversely, who should we be skeptical of?  A new study from the National Crime Agency in the UK attempted to find the answers.  On January 1st, the National Crime Agency released a report detailing the youth involved in cyber crime particularly in the UK.  Certain initial findings have correlated cyber crime to a number of interesting characteristics:

  1. Cyber criminals are not likely to be involved in traditional forms of crime.
  2. Cyber criminals are not represented by “socio-demoographic bias”.
  3. Cyber criminals are not often motivated by financial gain.

These findings help to highlight the mysterious motivations behind cyber criminals whose community is often described as very tight-knit.  Many cyber criminals find themselves in competition with one another to see who can crack certain codes quicker or more efficiently than their counterparts.  This behavior suggests the social connection of cyber criminals is a crucial element to countering cyber crime.  For more information on cyber crime and strategies to counter cyber crime, visit the Homeland Security Digital Library where there is extensive information surrounding this fascinating subject.