Dr Saunders’ comments follows a speech in the US by the head of the National Crime Agency, Keith Bristow, who said that the next generation of criminals were more likely to be operating online than “smashing windows and grabbing television sets”.“Throughout history, feeling disenfranchised and disempowered has driven young people to demonstrate their frustration – and now cyber attack is a new tool by which they can do that,” he said.Senior law enforcement officials have said that they know the identities of many of the kingpins of the scams. He found himself in the midst of fighters, each of whom he recognized.
Multi-player tasks such as “dungeons”, where players are encouraged to co-operate to reach a common goal, are included.
But there is also a major economic element: players can fight duels with each other and often put wagers on the outcome.
Young people are being drawn into increasingly serious cyber crime after beginning with acts of petty theft inside online fantasy games such as World of Warcraft, Britain’s most senior cyber detective has said.
Key figures within organised gangs involved in large-scale fraud are known to have moved from a culture of “laddish” online behaviour that is not punished into something “extremely corrosive”, the director of the National Cyber Crime Unit of the National Crime Agency has told The Independent.“Any criminal has to have that moment when they start that path,” said Dr Jamie Saunders.“There are some sorts of criminality that youngsters don’t think of as serious.
Depending on the race of their chosen character (such as human, Pandaren or goblin), the player is assigned to one of two opposing factions, Horde or Alliance.
Each faction has its own storyline, although the two intersect.
Dr Saunders cited the case of a 17-year-old who pleaded guilty in December to money laundering and computer offences following an attack on a Dutch group which attempts to stop spammers filling email inboxes with ads for counterfeit Viagra and other scams.
The teenager offered tools for sale that led to one of the world’s biggest online attacks and the proceeds saw tens of thousands of pounds flow through his account every month.
We find that they don’t always realise what is legal and illegal.”“We’re beginning to track that beginning of criminality and understand that,” said Dr Saunders.
“We’re looking at those cases and trying to see patterns that [warrant] early intervention.
Each of the combatants took on aspects of a jihui cube, faced to be at their maximum power.