Wednesday, 22 November 2017

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Virtually everyone in the UK is likely to have had their data hacked, police have confirmed.
UK Chief Constable Peter Goodman, who is the National Police Chiefs' Council lead for cybercrime, revealed the statistic during a media briefing on the Government's response to hacks and data breaches.
He described cybercrime as the "fastest-growing, most complex, difficult form of volume crime we've ever seen."
Mr Goodman revealed that his own personal information, including name, date of birth, address, and email address, has been stolen three times.
Addressing those present for the media briefing, he said: "I can almost guarantee that every single one of you around this table has had a data breach against you and that some of your personal data is held somewhere on the dark web and is being sold, traded—are you happy with that? And you probably don't know about it."
Despite the prevalence of this type of crime, police response has been slow, Mr Goodman admitted.
He described police investigations into cybercrime as a "patchwork quilt, it's a postcode lottery for victims."
The UK Chief Constable urged companies that have suffered a data breach to be transparent about disclosing the nature of the hack.
The biggest issue facing law enforcement is that no-one is typically informed when a breach occurs, Mr Goodman said.
Although there are third-party websites that collate information on hacked sites, if they do not update the research themselves, they may never have the answers.e attacks by following these steps
National Cyber Crime Unit Head Oliver Gower also spoke at the briefing, revealing that Russian-speaking nations were single-handedly the biggest threat for cybercrime in the UK.
Russian-speaking countries have blurred the lines between state-sponsored attacks and criminal ones, he said.
Mr Gower also explained that cybercrime has become incredibly profitable for hackers.
The growing popularity of Internet of Things (IoT) and connected devices around the home has brought a slew of new threats.
Large-scale cyberattacks are also likely to continue, he confirmed.
"WannaCry is not going to be the last attack to hit the UK, and things are likely to get worse before they get better," Mr Gower cautioned.
"State actors have tried and will try again to target the UK."


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