Cybercriminals ‘often start out with minor thefts in online games’ | Technology | The Guardian

Cybercriminals ‘often start out with minor thefts in online games’ | Technology | The Guardian.

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 World Of Warcraft is an online role-playing game which can feature thousands of players from around the world interacting with each other in a virtual universe. Photograph: World of Warcraft screenshot

People who go on to commit serious cybercrime often start out with minor thefts in online games such as World Of Warcraft, a leading detective has said.

Looking at how people end up on a particular criminal path could help with early intervention, said Dr Jamie Saunders of the National Crime Agency.

In an interview with the Independent, the director of the National Cyber Crime Unit said cybercriminals can do “a great deal of damage, but not in a traditional criminal way”, and explained that the crimes can start out on a small scale.