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KGB tactics to acquire hackers

Date: December 10, 2006

Gangs of cyber-criminals are using "KGB-style" recruitment tactics to snare talented computer students from British universities, according to a report.

Security technology company McAfee also warned that children as young as 14 were being drawn into online crime by the promise of "celebrity status" among their peers.

The company's second annual report on internet organised crime included input from the FBI and European hi-tech crime units.

It suggested gangs were approaching top students and graduates from leading academic institutions to provide vital IT skills - recruitment tactics which echoed those of Russia's KGB and other countries' intelligence agencies during the Cold War.
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