UK cybercops reacted to 590 ‘significant attacks’ over past year – report


The National Cyber Security Centre responded to 590 “significant attacks” over the last year including WannaCry, MPs’ email addresses being targeted due to weak passwords and various threats to other large organisations.

The body was created in October last year, bringing together previously separate parts of government, MI5 and GCHQ. Its aim is to support and advise the public and private sectors on how to avoid computer security threats.

Over that time the body said it has also managed to reduce the time phishing sites are hosted for in the UK from 27 hours to less than an hour.

Other measures introduced include getting government departments to adopt the Domain-based Message Authentication Reporting and Conformance protocol (DMARC) to combat fake emails by validating whether the communications come from the said organisation.

Something we hope Home Sec Amber Rudd has set up.

DMARC has already prevented a huge number of potential attacks – for example, blocking at 120,000 emails from a spoof @gov.uk address.

Other measures include setting up a filtering service to stop government systems verging onto malicious websites by using data gathered from commercial partners and GCHQ.

Undoubtedly WannaCry was the biggest threat the unit responded to over the last 12 months. The outbreak led to “the first ministerial COBRA meeting following a cyber attack,” said the report.

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Source: The Register