When you imagine a criminal, you probably don’t think of geeks and nerds as the perpetrators. However, it makes sense, especially considering the likes of Sheldon Cooper have been compared to being just one bad lab experiment away from being a super villain on “The Big Bang Theory.” In fact, since many self-proclaimed geeks are also very intelligent, they’re more capable of pulling off illegal activities than the average bumbling criminal. They also know the law and will research it to give themselves an edge.
Still think geeks don’t have what it takes to be criminals? Check out these recent examples:
1. From Geek Squad to police squad
According to a local FOX news crew, a team of Best Buy Geek Squad members stumbled upon nude photos during one of their service calls. Instead of embracing discretion, they decided to post those photos online. Obviously, if convicted this can come with some pretty stiff penalties. As a customer, remember that not all professionals are quite as professional as you’d like.
2. An arresting D&D event
For most Dungeons and Dragons fantasy role playing players, the excitement ends with their imagination. However, Live Leak has reported that one uber fan of the game decided to pull off a bank robbery during an event he was attending. While other members of the group told police they were planning on banning the arrestee for “disruptive behavior” anyway, officials suspect that another D&D-related robbery was being planned before they caught him.
3. LOTR drama in real life
While not a geek himself, Sean Bean (who portrays Boromir in “Lord of the Rings”) was arrested in London for alleged domestic violence. His wife phoned police, claiming she was being attacked, but later retracted and said “everything is ok.” The couple says things got blown out of proportion and have been working diligently to try and bury this scuffle.
4. Hackers gone wild
Of course, hackers are the original bad boys and girls of the geek world, such as Robert Tappan Morris who’s known as the king of worms. It’s a type of virus that’s especially destructive, and Morris made the first worm in 1988 while he was a grad student at Cornell. To this day, he says it was an experiment gone wrong while testing to see how big the internet (at the time) really was. He earned a fine and three years of probation for the alleged mistake and secured himself a spot in the geek hall of fame (he currently teaches at MIT).
Anyone can be a criminal, and anyone can get caught. However, geeks tend to have a savvier side than most and can elude police and investigators a little longer. If you’re going to be a criminal, it doesn’t hurt to have a geek streak, too.