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NCSC deals with 1,100 cyber attacks
10/19/2018 10:38:33 AM

The following has been circulated on behalf of the National Cyber Security Centre via the Scottish Government Cyber Resilience Team.

NCSC deals with 1,100 cyber attacks in first two years

 

On its second anniversary, the NCSC has revealed it has defended the UK from an average of more than 10 attacks per week

  • National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) handled more than 10 attacks per week in first two years
  • NCSC believes hostile nation states behind majority of cyber incidents
  • Active Cyber Defence reduces UK’s share of visible global phishing attacks by more than half
  • NCSC’s flagship conference CYBERUK to be held in Glasgow in 2019

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has defended the UK from an average of more than 10 attacks per week, it has been revealed on their second anniversary.

The NCSC, a part of GCHQ, has now published its second annual review which highlights the sustained threat from hostile state actors and cyber criminals.

 

Since it became fully operational in 2016, the NCSC’s cyber security front line has helped to support with 1,167 cyber incidents – including 557 in the last 12 months. The report reveals the majority of attacks against the UK are carried out by hostile nation states.

 

The Annual Review gives unprecedented detail about the tactics used by the NCSC’s Incident Management team, who work behind the scenes to co-ordinate defences to support UK victims when attacks do get through.

For the first time, the NCSC is giving a glimpse into the work against the ongoing cyber threat in a podcast, “Behind the scenes of an incident”, which features interviews with a range of staff who defend the UK from cyber attacks.

 

The NCSC takes a proactive approach to securing the UK’s online defences. The pioneering Active Cyber Defence (ACD) initiative aims to protect the UK from high-volume commodity attacks that affect people’s everyday lives.

Since its launch, Active Cyber Defence (ACD) has reduced the UK’s share of visible global phishing attacks by more than half; from 5.3% to 2.4%. Between September 2017 and August 2018, the service has removed 138,398 phishing sites hosted in the UK.

 

Links to the key products on NCSC website are below:

 

Full report: https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/news/annual-review-2018

Press notice: https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/news/ncsc-deals-1100-cyber-attacks-first-two-years

Podcast: https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/incidents-podcast

Micro-site with digital version of report: https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/annual-review-2018

New Phishing scam
10/12/2018 7:29:16 PM
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TV LICENSING REFUND SCAM
10/10/2018 10:31:52 AM

TV LICENSING REFUND SCAM

Police have noted an increase in fake TV licensing refund scams. The email usually states that the refund cannot be processed due to “invalid account details”. Always question unsolicited requests for your personal or financial information in case it’s a scam. Never automatically click on a link in an unexpected email or text.

- Check the email contains your name – TV licensing will always include your name in any emails they send you.

- Check the email subject line - anything along the lines of "Action required", "Security Alert", "System Upgrade", "There is a secure message waiting for you", and so on, should be treated as suspect.

- Check the email address - does the email address look like one that TV Licensing use? For example donotreply@tvlicensing.co.uk. Look closely as often the address may be similar.

- Check for a change in style - often the scammers will take the real emails and amend them. Look out for changes in the wording used, especially if it seems too casual or familiar.

- Check for spelling and grammar - are there any spelling mistakes, missing full stops or other grammatical errors?

- Check the links go to the TV Licensing website - hover over the links in the email to see their destination and check the web address carefully. If you are not sure, go directly to the TV Licensing website.

- Never provide details by email - TV licensing will never ask you to reply to an email and provide bank details or personal information.

Doorstep Crime
10/10/2018 10:28:32 AM

DOORSTEP CRIME #whosatthedoor

Rogue traders usually cold-call, claiming to be workers offering to sell services, make repairs or carry out work on your house, garden or driveway. In reality they charge inflated prices for shoddy or unnecessary work.

We DO NOT recommend dealing with cold-callers for property maintenance and home repairs.

PHONE SCAM
10/5/2018 4:09:00 PM

POLICE WARNING – PHONE SCAM - DUMFRIES AND GALLOWAY

Officers in Dumfries and Galloway are warning members of the public to be on their guard against a telephone scam where victims are being contacted by fraudsters claiming to be from either their bank or from Police Scotland.

So far 2 people in the Newton Stewart and Stewartry area have contacted police after being duped by fraudsters into moving money from their account to another one provided to them by the scammer. On each occasion the caller claims there has been fraudulent activity on their account but that it may be a bank employee that is involved so not to go to the bank or the police about it.

The first call involved a 76 year old man who has now lost a four figure sum of money to the criminals.

The other was picked up by the bank before the victim lost out.
Enquiries are ongoing in relation to these incidents but officers are keen to make members of the public aware of these circumstances.

Constable Tom Dingwall, Castle Douglas Police Station, said:
“We are highlighting this scam so that people are aware of it. If you think you are receiving any suspicious calls, just hang up on the person. Unfortunately, those committing this type of fraud are quite innovative and use words and phrases which are likely to hook their victim. Our advice is, do not give out any personal information or bank details over the phone and always, stop, think and check with a friend, relative or neighbour before taking any action.”

Any victims of such crimes, or anyone with any concerns can contact their local police station via 101.

For further advice for keeping safe, please visit the personal safety page of our website, http://ow.ly/IwgD30m7aOe

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