NCSC records 15-fold increase in online scam removal

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) took down more online scams last year than in the previous three years combined.

The NCSC says a surge in coronavirus and NHS-themed cyber crime since the start of the pandemic led to the agency recording a massive 15-fold increase in the removal of online frauds in 2020 compared with 2019.

The findings are included in the fourth annual report on the NCSC’s Active Cyber Defence (ACD) programme, a pioneering service that was started in 2016 to protect Britons from millions of cyber attacks and which was expanded during 2020.

The agency says there was a surge in the number of phishing campaigns using NHS branding to deceive victims; its ACD programme dealt with 122 NHS-related phishing campaigns in 2020, compared to 36 in 2019.

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