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UK has been Drained by 590 ‘Significant’ Cyber Attacks in Last Year


The organization says in one annual review which got published on 3rd Oct. that more than 1,000 incidents of cybersecurity has been reported to the GCHQ's NCSC (National Cyber Security Centre) during 1st year of the operation, amounting over 2 significant attacks each day, with more than half were major threat.


Out of 1,131 total attacks, a huge 590 major attacks were there. More than 30 needed response from government, but none of them has been classed as "category one" - involving government disruption or targeting the important infrastructure, like energy.


Significant attacks were recorded during the year that includes incidents targeting on the National Health Service (NHS), the Scottish Parliament and the House of Commons, along with small and large businesses, amongst the other organizations.


A Ransomware attack affected NHS Trusts all over the country in May which includes Northumbria Healthcare running the Emergency Care Hospital in Cramlington along with Hexham General Hospital and North Tyneside General Hospital. Chroniclelive.co.uk posted on October 3rd, 2017, stating that staff could not access computer records and hackers trying to blackmail the health organization to pay a ransom amount to give back control to their IT systems.


In case of NHS, the category 2 attacks WannaCry has crippled the organization, thus reducing it to one operation running via paper and pen, and in the process threatening the lives. This devastating occurrence has prompted the professionals to think about possibility of far more worse attack.


The report describes that how threats can start from a series of sources including internet criminals or nation states which "may seek to exploit organizations in UK to further their own prosperity and agenda."


Initiatives of NCSC to help the private sector organizations in a better way to protect themselves has resulted in drop of average lifetime for the phishing sites hosted in UK from 27 hrs. to below 1 hr., and information-sharing platform of NCSC with the industry, the Cyber Security Information Sharing Partnership (CSIP) increases 43% during the year, whereas 1,000 young people has taken advantage of CyberFirst courses of NCSC. The new Data Protection Bill is expected to be into effect in May 2018, which will then introduce more responsibilities for charities and firms in regard to protecting of confidential data.

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