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Cybercriminals ‘often start out with minor thefts in online games’

National Cyber Crime Unit detective says cybercriminals often start out ‘stealing swords and gold’ in online games like World Of Warcraft<p>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.<p>Looking at …

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9 people killed in S. Carolina church shooting, police investigating ‘hate crime’

Nine people were gunned down by an armed white man in a historic African-American church in Charleston, South Carolina. At least one man is being …

Prisoners 'could serve 1,000 year sentence in eight hours'

Future biotechnology could be used to make prisoners feel as if they were serving a 1,000 year sentence, a team of scientists claim<p>Future biotechnology could be used to trick a prisoner's mind into thinking they have served a 1,000 year sentence, a group of scientists have claimed.<p>Philosopher …

Death penalty statistics 2013: country by country

Click here to view this image as a larger PDF<p>At least 778 executions were carried out in 2013 - up from at least 682 in 2012 - according to the latest global report from Amnesty International.<p>The report documents executions in 22 countries in 2013, a rise on the previous year when executions were …

Terrorists' Most Powerful Recruiting Tool: Boredom

The young man had wavy hair down to his shoulders, white teeth, and a charisma palpable even from across the street. My driver saw it, too: …

Government to review young deaths in custody

<b>The government is setting up an independent review to investigate self-inflicted deaths in custody of people aged 18-24.</b><p>Justice Secretary Chris Grayling said the government was committed to the safety of offenders and to reducing the number of people dying in custody.<p>He said lessons learned from …

Two genes linked with violent crime

<b>A genetic analysis of almost 900 offenders in Finland has revealed two genes associated with violent crime.</b><p>Those with the genes were 13 times more likely to have a history of repeated violent behaviour.<p>The authors of the study, published in the journal Molecular Psychiatry, said at least 5-10% of …

Are murderers born or made?

<b>Murders are tragic but rare. But what drives some people to kill? Michael Mosley has been looking into research exploring the minds of murderers.</b><p>In the 1870s Dr Cesare Lombroso, sometimes called the father of scientific criminology, was studying criminals imprisoned in Turin.<p>He became convinced …

Why has the murder rate in some US cities suddenly spiked?

Murder and violent crime rates have risen in multiple US cities since the beginning of 2015, after falling for two decades. Some have put this down to a so-called Ferguson effect, referring to the protests against perceived police brutality, that sometimes became violent. Could that be true?<p>What do …

If we educate prisoners, they won’t keep coming back | John Podmore

Incarcerating someone decently and humanely is just the start. Access to education and the internet help prisoners re-enter the modern world<p>While there are still those in society who would like people sent to prison to be further punished, it is the deprivation of liberty that is the punishment for …