Cybersecurity chief warns ‘ransomware as a service’ scam

 Cybersecurity chief warns ‘ransomware as a service’ scam

The online security crowd don’t tend to downplay risk but a presentation by Lindy Cameron, chief of the UK national cybersecurity centre, was sobering nonetheless. The organisation has dealt with more than 2,000 significant incidents since 2016. In the last year it took down more than 700,000 online scams. That’s quite a lot of scammers and a great many scammed, you’d think, even if 80,000 people reported suspicious emails.

These are mind-numbing figures. They seem to suggest that cyberthreats are as prevalent these days as the shoplifter or the pickpocket. Indeed, one of Ms Cameron’s mantras is that cybercrime does not limit itself to big business and its customers. “We say that we worry about the security of hairdressers as much as we worry about the FTSE 100 businesses,” she told an online forum on Friday at the Institute…

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