NCSC Interrupts 2.7m Online Scams In 2021
There would have been nearly three million more cases of online breaches in 2021 if the National Cyber Security Centre (NSCS) had not foiled these fraudulent attempts.
The NCSC, which is an arm of the GCHQ, interrupted 2.7 million attempts at cyber-attacks last year.
This is nearly four times the number it handled in 2020, demonstrating the unprecedented increase in online fraud recently.
Chief executive of NCSC Lindy Cameron stated: “We know that scammers will go to great lengths … but as we continue to expand our defences, we can see the tangible impact this is having.”
Additionally, more than 1,400 NHS-themed phishing campaigns were removed from circulation in 2021, from fake messages about vaccines to counterfeit certificates. This figure is 11 times higher than the number of similar campaigns that were discovered the year before.
NCSC technical director Dr Ian Levy added: “Our Active Cyber Defence (ACD) programme has been central to preventing millions of cyber-attacks from causing harm to the UK.”
The ACD offers a range of services that provides extra defence against online attacks. These include early warnings, mail checks, instant security checkers, suspicious email reporting, and the removal of malicious sites.
NCSC noted that 33 million events have been flagged up, thanks to the Early Warning Service since the ACD was introduced five years ago.
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