Research in the UK by Bedfordshire police has found that many online criminals had previous history for committing crimes in the real world including theft, burglary, shoplifting and a range of violent crimes.
Jon Boutcher, deputy chief constable of Bedfordshire, spoke to convicted online criminals and found that 64 percent had convictions for non-cyber offences.
The findings back up comments by Adrian Leppard, Commissioner of the City of London Police, who said recently that international gangsters are abandoning drug dealing and other high risk activities in favour of cyber-crime.
Leppard added that businesses and the public would have to continue to do more to protect themselves by adopting cyber security controls and urged the government to create a cyber security standard for software security that vendors could compete for.
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