National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) News

Ex-Security Chief Martin Urges UK to Outlaw Cyber Ransoms

Ciaran Martin, who stepped down as head of the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre this month, will call on Boris Johnson’s government to make it illegal for companies to pay cyber hackers a ransom. “If I had one policy card …

Chinese Hackers Blamed for Accessing Records of 9 Million easyJet Customers

Chinese hackers are suspected of accessing email and travel details of about nine million easyJet customers, said two sources familiar with the investigation into a cyber attack disclosed by the British airline on Tuesday. The sources said the hacking tools …

Smart Cameras, Baby Monitors at Risk from Hackers: UK Cyber Security Agency

Baby monitors and wireless cameras risk being hacked by cyber criminals unless people take security measures to protect themselves, British security experts warned on Tuesday [March 3]. Internet-connected cameras used in the home are becoming popular and affordable but security …

Cyber Attacks in Europe, Middle East Could Be Work of Turkey-Sponsored Hackers

Sweeping cyber attacks targeting governments and other organizations in Europe and the Middle East are believed to be the work of hackers acting in the interests of the Turkish government, three senior Western security officials said. The hackers have attacked …

U.K. Repelled 658 Cyber Attacks This Year, Many From Hostile Foreign States

The National Cyber Security Centre defended the U.K. from 658 cyber attacks in the year to October — many from hostile foreign states — with government departments most at risk from attack, according to its annual report. The organization revealed: …

Government, Businesses Must Work Together to Safeguard Internet: British Spy Chief

The head of Britain’s GCHQ spy agency on Wednesday will call on businesses and the finance sector to work with intelligence officials to help secure the internet and protect customers online. In extracts of a speech to be given at …

Some Passwords to Avoid: Team Names, Fictional Characters, Pop Stars and ‘123456’

British football fans should be wary of rooting for their team by making them a password. Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester United and Everton are all passwords that have been compromised hundreds of thousand of times, according to research published by …

Global Malware Attack Could Cost Insurers $27 Billion

A coordinated global cyber attack, spread through malicious email, could cause economic damages anywhere between $85 billion and $193 billion, a hypothetical scenario developed as a stress test for risk management showed. Insurance claims after such an attack would range …

French Engineering Consultancy Altran Tech Hit by Cyber Attack

French engineering consultancy Altran Technologies was the target of a cyber attack last Thursday that hit operations in some European countries, it said on Monday. Altran said it had shut down its IT network and applications and a recovery plan …

UK Cyber Security Center Blames Most Attacks on Hostile States

The U.K.’s National Cyber Security Centre blamed hostile foreign states for the majority of the 1,167 attacks it has handled in the two years it’s been running, equivalent to 10 assaults a week. In the organization’s second annual report, published …