The National Cyber Security Centre’s (NCSC’s) Active Cyber Defence (ACD) programme removed more online scams from the internet during 2020 than in 2016-2019 combined, as it responded to a 15-fold surge in cyber crime and malicious online activity during the Covid-19 pandemic.

This is according to the ACD programme’s fourth annual report, which has just been released ahead of the first-ever virtual CyberUK event beginning on 11 May.

Last year saw a significant expansion of the ACD programme – partly in response to the transformative impact of the pandemic on personal and organisational cyber security – including the introduction of the Suspicious Email Reporting service (Sers), a reporting inbox for the public to forward scam or spam emails to for investigation. Sers has been a runaway success, receiving more than four million reports in 2020, and more in 2021.

The programme also assisted in the UK’s work with allies (such as the US)…

Read more…