UK Spooks Handled Record Number of Cyber-Incidents Last Year

UK Spooks Handled Record Number of Cyber-Incidents Last Year

The UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has hailed its world-beating cybersecurity expertise after handling hundreds of incidents and disrupting millions of cyber-attack campaigns over the past year.

The government agency, part of signals intelligence body GCHQ, said it offered wraparound support for a record 777 incidents over the period, including attacks on COVID-19 vaccine research, distribution and supply chains.

That’s an increase of over 7% on the previous year, with a fifth (20%) of cases in total linked to the healthcare and vaccine sectors.

This growth is not necessarily reflective of the volume of serious incidents impacting UK firms but also the NCSC’s increasing capacity and intent to identify threats proactively, it said.

Other wins for the agency included its relatively new Suspicious Email Reporting Service, which accrued 5.9 million reports over the year, leading to the removal of more than 53,000 scams and 96,500 malicious URLs.

The service is part of the NCSC’s Active Cyber Defence program, a mainstay of its work which took down 2.3 million cyber-enabled “commodity campaigns,” 442 phishing campaigns using NHS branding, and 80 malicious NHS apps.

Available to mainly public sector organizations, the

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