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UK law enforcement helps protect networks from cyber crime

2nd March 2015 | Cyber Aware
UK law enforcement helps protect networks from cyber crime

This week the National Crime Agency (NCA), the police, and a range of partners across industry and the public sector are providing help to the public and small businesses in guarding against cybercrime.

The NCA is producing customised intelligence reports in conjunction with  the UK’s Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-UK) and the Shadowserver Foundation to be distributed by regional police forces to local businesses. These reports will inform businesses of the threats on their systems and how to subscribe to live threat update feeds.

The NCA has so far identified 5,531 compromised servers across the UK that can be used for various attacks on businesses including  spam email, denial-of-service attacks, or phishing scams. With these servers identified, the NCA estimates that half of UK-based phishing scams could be cleaned up if organisations follow their advice.

The Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) is working with police forces to hold cybersecurity pop-up shops in London, Manchester, Reading and Derby this weekend to offer advice to anyone who wants to know how best to protect themselves and their business online. There will be a chance to get a free health check on digital devices and get advice from a wide range of experts.

Deputy Chief Constable Peter Goodman, the National Policing Lead for Cyber Crime, said:
“We alone cannot prevent people being targeted by cyber-criminals.  Nor can we can mitigate all the effects of an attack.  It is important that everyone does what they can to avoid falling victim to cyber criminals. I hope as many people possible make the most of the free advice being offered around the country on Friday and Saturday.”

Malware clean-up tools for businesses and members of the public, as well as information and advice on many aspects of online safety, are available here on www.cyberstreetwise.com (opens new window) and at www.getsafeonline.org (opens new window). Online crime can be reported at www.actionfraud.police.uk (opens new window).

The dates and locations of the pop-up shops are as follows:

  • London – Westfield London shopping centre, Shepherds Bush – 06 March
  • Manchester – Trafford Centre – 06 – 07 March
  • Derby – Derby Theatre, Intu shopping centre – 06 – 07 March
  • Reading – Broad Street Mall – 06 – 07 March