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Surge in British teens turning to cybercrime

But many caught out by lack of technical skills

An increasing number of teenagers are turning to cybercrime, according to security experts.

Chris Boyd, director of malware research at FaceTime Security, said young adults are using net forums to swap stolen credit card details and hacking kits. However, their lack of technical skills increases their chances of getting caught.

"I see kids of 11 and 12 sharing credit card details and asking for hacks," Boyd told the BBC.

Boyd added that many teenagers get into cybercrime after looking for hacks for their favourite computer games or virus code that can be run against the social networking sites. From these, they progress to using phising kits to steal personal data.

However, Boyd highlighted that its young cyber criminals' desire to share their attacks with others that leads to them being caught out by security experts. Many post videos on YouTube or share details of their life on other sites, which makes them traceable, he said.


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