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  • 19 Aug 2017 11:46 AM | Jo Buckley (Administrator)

    The Internet is a major enabler for Organised Criminal Group (OCG) activity. Compared to making money from more traditional crimes, hacking individuals, SMEs and large organisations is a relatively low-cost, low-risk proposition for criminal groups - and there are many parts of the world where such activity is not actively prosecuted by the authorities. The cybercrime threat spans different contexts, and covers a wide range of online criminal activity, from scamming activity through to sophisticated attacks against financial institutions and other large organisations. Report outlines how cyber criminals are organised, their methods, and how their activities are monetised.

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  • 26 Jul 2017 11:37 AM | Jo Buckley (Administrator)

    The importance of disclosure in the criminal justice system cannot be underestimated. This report has identified a number of aspects of concern in the way that Crown Court trials are handled by the prosecution, and how police and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) manage effectively unused material relating to ‘volume’ casework at that venue. A number of issues have been identified in relation to how disclosure is managed, each of which is a matter of concern and has elicited a separate recommendation. However, just as importantly as responding to each issue, is a need for a change in attitude to ensure that disclosure is recognised as a crucial part of the criminal justice process and that it must be carried out to the appropriate standards

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  • 24 Jul 2017 9:59 AM | Jo Buckley (Administrator)

    The digital economy is very important to the UK – personal data and how it is handled is central to trade and growth and studies show the digital economy is growing 30% faster than the rest of the economy. Data knows no borders. Continued growth and citizen confidence in the digital economy needs an information rights regulator that is helpful, authoritative, tech-savvy and practical, but also a regulator that is firm and takes action when wrongdoing occurs. We also continue to work with stakeholders to ensure that data sharing for the purposes of law enforcement and security is promoted in a proportionate way.

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  • 15 Jul 2017 7:51 PM | Jo Buckley (Administrator)

    The ethical behaviour of businesses, especially the big ones, does much to set the ethical tone for our country, our times and our world. When business behaves badly – especially when the individuals and organisations involved somehow seem insulated from the consequences of their actions – everyone else looks on and adjusts their moral compass accordingly. The need for ethical leadership, not least by example, has never been greater.

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  • 09 Jul 2017 8:52 PM | Jo Buckley (Administrator)

    Scam calls have become a reality of our day-to-day lifes. At one time or another we will have all had to deal with scam calls or nuisance call on our mobiles and landlines. The scamming industry has become increasingly professionalised, targeting individuals who are least able to recognise the calls as complex scams. 

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  • 22 Jun 2017 9:46 AM | Jo Buckley (Administrator)

    The ninth-annual edition of one of the industry's most authoritative accounts of cybercrime trends brings you the latest findings on vulnerabilities, malware attacks, compromises, and more. The information contained in this 90-page report will keep you out of the dark and help guide your security decision-making over the next 12 months. Ten years ago, the prevailing information security paradigm was, fundamentally, still a reactive one focused on using anti-malware and IDS/IPS systems to defend the network against known threats. However, today’s world can’t afford that mind-set. The time for reactive thinking is over; it’s time to be proactive.

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  • 22 Jun 2017 9:45 AM | Jo Buckley (Administrator)

    The headline story of 2016 threat landscape was the explosive growth of ransomware and the massive email campaigns that delivered it to organisations of all sizes around the world. Highly personalized, targeted email campaigns focus on exploiting people, not just their technology. Spear-phishing email campaigns, which target specific people rather than indiscriminately seeking victims, were automated to operate at scale. Despite their large numbers, many included multiple personal details specific to the targeted recipient. Social engineering campaigns used documents with malicious macros and other techniques that tricked users into installing malware.

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  • 17 Jun 2017 8:49 PM | Jo Buckley (Administrator)

    Over the last five years the range of services that are vulnerable to fraud and corruption has grown. Not a day passes without hearing of the latest attempt to defeat the system. The fraudster and thief are becoming more sophisticated in their approach. The use of multiple data sources and sophisticated matching software has added to the intensity of the fight against fraud. The Cabinet Office have led and encouraged numerous projects which have not only achieved significant savings, but have heightened the awareness of the need to place the fight against fraud and corruption at the top of the public and private sector operational agendas.

  • 09 Jun 2017 10:19 AM | Jo Buckley (Administrator)

    FFA UK members take the threat of fraud extremely seriously and continuously invest in advanced detection and verification systems to protect customers, which stopped £6.40 in every £10 of attempted fraud last year. However, we know that criminals continue to attempt to circumvent these systems by targeting customers for their personal and security information. Impersonation and deception scams, as well as digital attacks, continue to be the primary factor behind financial fraud losses. That is why last year, Financial Fraud Action UK and its members, in collaboration with supporters in government and law enforcement, launched Take Five to Stop Fraud. The campaign seeks to put consumers and businesses back in control with straightforward advice to help prevent financial fraud

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  • 09 Jun 2017 10:17 AM | Jo Buckley (Administrator)

    Protecting customers from fraud is the top priority for the payments industry, and Financial Fraud Action UK (FFA UK) is at the forefront of the effort. FFA UK has been advancing the way which industry responds to fraud. The Banking Protocol, a collaboration between banks and local police services managed by FFA UK, is one such innovation. The protocol stops frauds in which victims are tricked into going into their local branch to withdraw or transfer funds to pass on to fraudsters. The launch of Take Five last year was a major step and, working with government and other sectors, the this campaign is set to grow in 2017. There are great examples of organisations using the Take Five brand for their fraud prevention work

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