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Cyber crooks may hack Britain’s CCTV network, surveillance chief warns

“The nature of its capabilities to intrude on privacy by building patterns of travel and the provision of imagery should not be underestimated,” he said, adding that it is also widely used by agencies other than the police. 

Edmund King, AA president, said: “Whilst most law abiding citizens will accept the police use of ANPR to target criminals and potential terrorists, many will question the use by local authorities or private parking companies. 

“Parking companies and some local authorities seem to use ANPR as if car number plates were bar codes on groceries, used to harvest fines on an industrial scale without proper targeting or efforts to improve signage or layout.”

Mr Porter also called for number plates to be produced by just a handful of official suppliers like passports, to avoid illegal registrations on British roads. 

Read more at: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/01/09/cyber-crooks-may-hack-britains-cctv-network-surveillance-chief/

ISIS ‘Cyber Caliphate’ could target Britain’s ‘critical national infrastructure’

The fund, backed by the Government, was initially created in 1993 following the IRA’s attack on London’s Baltic Exchange, which killed three people and injured 91.

Its original remit covered fire and explosion caused by conventional bombing.

This was extended after 9/11 to include chemical, biological and radiological attacks. The report, commissioned from the Centre for Risk Studies at the University of Cambridge Judge Business School, has warned that IS, also known as Daesh, is seeking to use new cyber units to launch its attacks.

It is part of a strategy that will see it evolve from a territorial terror group to the United Cyber Caliphate, a “virtual caliphate”.

The report highlights 40 mostly classified potential targets – including airports, the rail network, the power grid, retail warehouses, hospitals and construction sites. Cyber attacks on power plants, it says, could see the “weaponisation of plant and computer systems interacting with chemical substances or

Read more at: https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/898270/isis-terrorist-attack-cyber-crime-uk-security

Britain’s spy agency affirms protection from cyber crime is as important as defense against terrorism

Protecting Britain from cyber crime is as important as defending it against terrorism, the head of Britain’s GCHQ spy agency said on 9 October.

Representational image. Reuters

Representational image. Reuters

Britain has suffered a number of high-profile cyber attacks this year, including one in May on the state-run National Health Service which crippled some computer systems and caused huge disruption, and another on parliament in June.

Writing in the Daily Telegraph newspaper, Jeremy Fleming said the speed of technological advances, whilst providing great opportunities for businesses, individuals and countries, was also giving enemies new means to threaten the nation’s security.

“If GCHQ is to continue to help keep the country safe, then protecting the digital homeland — keeping our citizens safe and free online — must become and remain as much part of our mission as our global intelligence reach and our round-the-clock efforts against terrorism.”

The National

Read more at: http://www.firstpost.com/tech/news-analysis/britains-spy-agency-says-protection-from-cyber-crime-is-as-important-as-defense-against-terrorism-4125333.html

£200m fake train ticket scam: We put season pass bought on dark web to the test at Britain’s busiest station

Waved through at Britain’s busiest station with no difficulty, I board the train and forge on with my journey.

No one has a clue that I’m the cheat in the seat. The man with a fake season ticket that is contributing to a £200million drain on honest rail users.

I’ve passed the first hurdle by fooling barrier staff highly trained to spot fakes.

After a few minutes, an on-board conductor performs a spot check and also passes the ticket with a cheery “Have a safe journey”.

Alan shows his ticket and is allowed through at London Waterloo
(Image: Ian Tuttle)

I travel 30 miles, then make the return trip using the bogus pass I bought on the internet for a fraction of the real cost.

At no point was I

Read more at: http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/200m-fake-train-ticket-scam-11100490

How Britain’s biggest firms are at risk due to lack of cyber crime training

More than two thirds of Britain’s biggest businesses have admitted staff lack training to deal with the growing threat of cyber attacks, new research has shown.

Top companies and charities have been told to do more to protect themselves from online threats after a Government survey of leading firms found one in 10 FTSE 350 companies had no plan to cope with cyber incidents.

The annual Cyber Governance Health Check found 68 per cent of boards had received no training over what to do in a cyber attack despite more than half acknowledging it was a top threat to their business.

Separate research found charities were also at risk of attack, particularly smaller organisations that rely on outside IT providers to deal with cyber threats.

The Yorkshire Post revealed last month the growing scale of internet offences, as some police forces admitted that they faced a huge challenge in catching “faceless”

Read more at: http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/business/how-britain-s-biggest-firms-are-at-risk-due-to-lack-of-cyber-crime-training-1-8712537

How Britain’s biggest firms are at risk due to lack of cyber crime …

More than two thirds of Britain’s biggest businesses have admitted staff lack training to deal with the growing threat of cyber attacks, new research has shown.

Top companies and charities have been told to do more to protect themselves from online threats after a Government survey of leading firms found one in 10 FTSE 350 companies had no plan to cope with cyber incidents.

The annual Cyber Governance Health Check found 68 per cent of boards had received no training over what to do in a cyber attack despite more than half acknowledging it was a top threat to their business.

Separate research found charities were also at risk of attack, particularly smaller organisations that rely on outside IT providers to deal with cyber threats.

The Yorkshire Post revealed last month the growing scale of internet offences, as some police forces admitted that they faced a huge challenge in catching “faceless”

Read more at: http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/business/how-britain-s-biggest-firms-are-at-risk-due-to-lack-of-cyber-crime-training-1-8712537

Cyber crime: Britain’s public bodies hacked more than 400 times in the last three years

Johnston Press Investigations: Cahal Milmo, Aasma Day, Don Mort, Chris Burn, Ruby Kitchen, Paul Lynch, Oli Poole, Gavin Ledwith, Ben Fishwick, Philip Bradfield and Deborah Punshon

The computer systems of dozens of public bodies from hospitals and councils to museums and watchdogs have been breached more than 400 times in the last three years by cyber criminals seeking to extort money, cause disruption or extract data, the i can reveal.

The ability of hackers to provoke chaos in Britain’s public sector was confirmed in alarming fashion in May when the WannaCry data-encryption ransomware attack struck hospitals across the UK, forcing the cancellation of thousands of operations and appointments.

 “These people targeted the NHS because they wanted to cause maximum danger and disruption to people’s lives. These individuals had murderous intent. These are not lovable rogues – they want money.”

Dr Tim Owen, director of the University of Central Lancashire’s Cyber Crime

Read more at: https://inews.co.uk/essentials/news/uk/cyber-crime-britains-public-bodies-hacked-400-times-last-three-years/

Cyber crime: Britain’s public bodies hacked more than 400 times in …

Johnston Press Investigations: Cahal Milmo, Aasma Day, Don Mort, Chris Burn, Ruby Kitchen, Paul Lynch, Oli Poole, Gavin Ledwith, Ben Fishwick, Philip Bradfield and Deborah Punshon

The computer systems of dozens of public bodies from hospitals and councils to museums and watchdogs have been breached more than 400 times in the last three years by cyber criminals seeking to extort money, cause disruption or extract data, the i can reveal.

The ability of hackers to provoke chaos in Britain’s public sector was confirmed in alarming fashion in May when the WannaCry data-encryption ransomware attack struck hospitals across the UK, forcing the cancellation of thousands of operations and appointments.

 “These people targeted the NHS because they wanted to cause maximum danger and disruption to people’s lives. These individuals had murderous intent. These are not lovable rogues – they want money.”

Dr Tim Owen, director of the University of Central Lancashire’s Cyber Crime

Read more at: https://inews.co.uk/essentials/news/uk/cyber-crime-britains-public-bodies-hacked-400-times-last-three-years/

Britain must be prepared to fight cyber-wars against Russian ‘mayhem’, says former GCHQ chief

Britain must be ready to fight cyber-wars against the “mayhem” coming from Russia, the former head of GCHQ has warned ministers.

The Government will have to “push back against Russian state activity”, in the same tough way as the leaders of Germany and France have promised, Robert Hannigan said.

Asked if Russia is a threat to Britain’s democratic process, he replied: “Yes, there is a disproportionate amount of mayhem in cyberspace coming from Russia, from state activity.

“President Macron and Angela Merkel have called this out recently – attacks on major democratic institutions right through major organised cyber-criminal groups, many of which are based in Russia.”

Mr Hannigan added: “Starting to talk about it is good – calling it out. Improving our defences is obviously really important.

“But ultimately people will have to push back against Russian state activity and show that it’s unacceptable.”

Asked, on BBC Radio Four’s Today programme, how this

Read more at: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/russia-cyber-warfare-vladimir-putin-gchq-britain-michael-fallon-a7833441.html

Fraud map of Britain reveals where you’re most likely to be scammed – and how

Norfolk has been named the heartbreak capital of Britain where lonely souls are most likely to get ripped off by dating scams.

A shocking report by consumer watchdog Which? has found 1.6 adults per 10,000 fall victim to bogus boyfriends or fickle girlfriends who con them out of cash.

The number looking for love who have their hearts broken and bank accounts hammered is far higher than the national average of 1.1 who are taken for a ride by fraudsters.

And the picturesque county is also a crime hotspot for lottery hustlers who dupe them into paying to enter a non-existent game that promises to make them rich.

Norfolk may be as pretty as a picture but it is the Heartbreak Hotel of the UK
(Image: Visit Britain)

Twice as many folk in the East Anglian county are taken in by lottery crooks than anywhere else in the

Read more at: http://www.mirror.co.uk/money/fraud-map-britain-shows-you-10629317