According to report from The  John Grieve Centre for Policing and Security at London Metropolitan University, all our assumptions about cyber criminals are completely wrong.

The report suggests that many of today’s cyber criminals and fraudsters are middle aged and possess only the most basic of IT skills.

This flies in the face of the image most people had conceived, that cyber criminals were teenage boys, elite hackers, Idealistic views and scores to settle with the government.

An image portrayed in Hollywood and other forms of media.

The research, led by criminologist Dr Michael McGuire, blames “80 per cent of cybercrime” on your common variety thugs and criminals.

It would seem Cybercrime is far from the preserve of elite hackers as portrayed in the media – nearly half of cyber-crooks are over 35 years old, and less than a third are under 25.