Videogame web sites like this are main youngsters to commit cyber crime, says analysis

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Videogames are unhealthy, okay? Let’s simply get that out of the way in which now. The information is managed by previous folks, and the previous folks don’t like issues they don’t perceive, as a result of issues they don’t perceive are scary. Videogame web sites are additionally unhealthy, please cease studying earlier than we flip you unhealthy additionally. 

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“Gaming websites could be spawning a new breed of cybercriminals,” opens a brand new CNBC report. Research exhibits that youngsters are being indoctrinated by evil videogame websites. 

These free and easily-accessible web pages are turning our youngsters in direction of a lifetime of crime. Where is CNBC getting this data? Research carried out by the UK’s National Crime Agency, in fact.

According to the NCA, web sites and boards that present videogame cheat codes and mods make it simpler for teenagers to develop legal abilities. It looks like they’re taking explicit concern with modding boards, which might result in youngsters selecting up hacking abilities, apparently. [Insert Hackerman meme here].

Apparently, “finishing a problem” and “proving oneself to friends” are key motivators, primarily based on the in-depth analysis spawned on account of… conversations carried out by the NCA with younger offenders. Oh. 

“There is nice worth in reaching younger folks earlier than they ever change into concerned in cybercrime, when their abilities can nonetheless be a power for good,” says the NCA’s Prevent crew. “The goal of this evaluation has been to know the pathways offenders take, and determine the best intervention factors to divert them in direction of a extra optimistic path.

“That might be so simple as highlighting alternatives in coding and programming, or jobs within the gaming and cyber industries, which nonetheless give them the sense of accomplishment and respect they’re looking for.”

Never mod. Not even as soon as. 

Cheers, PCGamer