CYBER Insights
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WHAT IS CYBERCRIME? Cybercrime encompasses a wide range of criminal activities that are carried out using digital devices and/or networks. These crimes involve the use of technology to commit fraud, identity theft, data breaches, computer viruses, scams, and other malicious acts. While most cybercriminals use cybercrimes to generate a profit, some cybercrimes are carried out against computers or devices to directly damage or disable them.

What is an incident?
The NCSC define a cyber incident as unauthorised access (or attempted access) to an organisation’s IT systems. These may be malicious attacks (such as denial of service attacks, malware infection, ransomware or phishing attacks), or could be accidental incidents (such as damage from fire/flood/theft).

Common forms of cybercrime include:

• Phishing: using fake email messages to get personal information from internet users;

• Misusing personal information (identity theft);

• Hacking: shutting down or misusing websites or computer networks;

Reporting the incident in the UK:

If you’ve received a suspicious email, forward it to [email protected]

Report suspicious text messages to 7726

If you have fallen victim to fraud, report it to Action Fraud

REPORT FRAUD CALL 0300 123 2040 in England, Wales or Northern Ireland. For Scotland report to Police Scotland by calling 101.

Reporting a live cyber attack 24/7 to Action Fraud

If you are a business, charity or other organisation which is currently suffering a live cyber attack (in progress), please call 0300 123 2040 immediately. This service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Been the Victim of Cyber Crime in Europe?

If you have fallen victim to cybercrime. Reporting mechanisms vary from one country to another. In Member States which do not have a dedicated online option in place, you are advised to go to your local police station to lodge a complaint.

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Contact Details:

  • Email Scam [email protected]
  • Text Scam – Text 7726
  • Action Fraud – 0300 123 2040
  • In Scotland – Police 101 
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