UK law enforcement bodies start campaign against cyber crime

The National Crime Agency (NCA), the police, and a range of partners across industry and the public sector have launched a campaign to help the public and small businesses guard against cybercrime. The NCA is producing customised intelligence reports together 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 in March, 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.