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Average age of suspected cyber criminals down to 17 from 24

Britain's National Crime Agency says that many teenagers move quickly from 'pranking' to higher-level cybercrime.

Associated Press

Updated:December 9, 2015, 11:47 AM IST
Average age of suspected cyber criminals down to 17 from 24
Britain Mulls Penalties For Failure to Guard Against Cyberattacks (photo for representation, image: News18)

London: Britain's National Crime Agency warns the average age of suspected cyber criminals has become younger, with investigations in the past year showing that suspects' average age dropped to just 17 compared to 24 in the previous year.

The law-enforcement body says in a recent case, a 12-year-old was among 22 young people arrested on suspicion of buying malicious software that allows users to take control of another computer.

The agency said many teenagers move quickly from "pranking" to higher-level cybercrime, sometimes without considering that they are breaking the law.

The body on Tuesday launched a campaign to educate parents of 12- to 15-year-old boys about cybercrime.

In October a 15- and 16-year-old made headlines when they were arrested over a cyber-attack on telecoms firm Talk Talk.

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