• Fortnite: Battle Royale

    Fortnite: Battle Royale has received a considerable amount of media coverage recently due to growing popularity amongst children – and also emerging safety concerns. The NSPCC have pulled together some information about the game and how to keep your children safe while playing it.

  • Joint US - UK statement on malicious cyber activity carried out by Russian government

    The NCSC, FBI and DHS have issued a joint Technical Alert about malicious cyber activity carried out by the Russian Government.

  • National Lottery customers warned to change passwords

    Camelot, the operator of the National Lottery, has asked all customers to change their passwords as a precaution, following a "low level" cyberattack that affected some 150 accounts.

  • NCSC Cyber Security - Small Business Guide

    Cyber security can feel like a daunting challenge for many small business owners. But it needn’t be. Following the five quick and easy steps outlined in the guide below could save time, money and even your business’ reputation.

  • The Little Book of Cyber Scams

    The Eastern Region Special Operations Unit (ERSOU), Eastern ROCU, are pleased to present you with our 'Little Book of Cyber Scams', reproduced with kind permission of the Falcon Protect team at the Metropolitan Police.


Cyber Crime

Cyber crime is an ever increasing threat within the UK. The cost of cyber crime is estimated to be costing the UK economy billions of pounds per year, and the costs to individuals and businesses are often staggering.

Details about the Regional Cyber Crime Unit in the Eastern Region Special Operations Unit can be found in the About Us page. They are a team that works both reactively and proactively on significant cyber crime investigations pursuing cyber criminals.

The unit also has two project teams. The first is the Cyber Prevent Team which is a national network led by the NCA. Their aim is to prevent young people from falling into cyber crime through education and awareness. Secondly is the Cyber Protect Team who, coordinated by the City of london Police are dedicated to protecting the public and businesses from becoming victims of cyber crime. For further details on Prevent and Protect, please visit their webpages here: Prevent     Protect

Cyber crime can be split into two broad categories:

Cyber-dependent crimes

Also known as ‘pure’ cyber crimes are offences that can only be committed using a computer, computer networks or other forms of information communications technology (ICT). An example of a cyber-dependent crime is gaining unauthorised access into someone’s computer network, this can also be called ‘hacking’.

Cyber-enabled crimes

Such as fraud, the purchasing of illegal drugs and child sexual exploitation can be conducted on or offline, but online may take place at unprecedented scale and speed.

Examples of cyber crime include:

1: Unauthorised access – this involves gaining access into someone’s computer network without their permission, and then taking control and/or taking information from other people’s computers. Examples may include accessing the secure area on the school’s computer network and looking for test paper answers or trying to change test scores.

2: Making, supplying or obtaining malware (malicious software), viruses, spyware, botnets and Remote Access Trojans is illegal. These programmes allow criminals to get into other people’s computers to carry out illegal activities. ‘Pranking’, by remotely accessing a friends computer when they don't know you are doing it and messing around is still illegal.

3: Carrying out a DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attack or 'booting'. A DDoS attack is an attempt to make an online service unavailable by overwhelming it with internet traffic from multiple sources. ‘Online service’ could be a large website or an individual internet user. Booting someone offline whilst playing online games may seem like a harmless joke, but is still illegal.


The NCSC is making the UK one of the safest places in the world to live and do business online.

The NCSC was set up to help protect our critical services from cyber attacks, manage major incidents, and improve the underlying security of the UK Internet through technological improvement and advice to citizens and organisations. Their vision is to help make the UK the safest place to live and do business online.

The NCSC support the most critical organisations in the UK, the wider public sector, industry and SMEs. When incidents do occur, they provide effective incident response to minimise harm to the UK, help with recovery, and learn lessons for the future.

More specifically, the NCSC:
•understands cyber security, and distils this knowledge into practical guidance made available to all
•responds to cyber security incidents to reduce the harm they cause to organisations and the wider UK
•uses industry and academic expertise to nurture the UK’s cyber security capability
•reduces risks to the UK by securing public and private sector networks

Launched in October 2016, the NCSC has headquarters in London and brings together expertise from CESG (the information assurance arm of GCHQ), the Centre for Cyber Assessment, CERT-UK, and the Centre for Protection of National Infrastructure.

By building on the best of what they already have the NCSC provides a single point of contact for SMEs, larger organisations, government agencies and departments. They also work collaboratively with other law enforcement, defence, the UK’s intelligence and security agencies and international partners.


Action Fraud is the UK’s national reporting centre for fraud and cyber crime where you should report fraud if you have been scammed, defrauded or experienced cyber crime; report it by calling 0300 123 2040, alternatively visit the Action Fraud website.

Cyber Events

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Cyber News

Mon 16th, Jan

Migrant Helpline Donation Alert

News Article

Fraudsters are sending out a high number of phishing emails to personal and business email addresses purporting to be from ‘Migrant Helpline’.

Wed 03rd, Aug

Do You Really Know (DYRK) - Computer Service Fraud

Advice & Guidance

As part of the City of London Police's 'Do You Really Know' series, we look at Computer Service Fraud, what it entails and how you can protect yourself from it.

Mon 25th, Jul

Essex Cyber Threat Awareness Conference 2016

News Article

Essex Police, supported by ERSOU, are hosting a "Cyber Threat Awareness Conference" for businesses in and around the Eastern Region on the 20th October 2016 at the Essex County Cricket Club in Chelmsford.

Mon 18th, Jul

Do You Really Know (DYRK) - Mandate Fraud

Advice & Guidance

As part of the City of London Police's 'Do You Really Know' series, we look at Mandate Fraud, what it entails and how you can protect yourself from it.

Fri 15th, Jul

ERSOU Support Opening of new Cyber Security Centre

News Article

Sgt Phil Cobley, Regional Cyber Protect Coordinator, and DI Martin Peters of the Regional Cyber Crime Unit, have attended the opening of a new Cyber Security Centre at the University of Hertfordshire.

Thu 07th, Jul

Be a Switched On Parent - Help keep your child Safe!

Advice & Guidance

ERSOU and Get Safe Online have partnered up to offer parents advice and support on how to help keep their children safe online by becoming a "Switched On Parent" in Get Safe Online's latest campaign.

Tue 05th, Jul

Do You Really Know (DYRK) - Identity Fraud

Advice & Guidance

As part of the City of London Police's 'Do You Really Know' series, we look at Identity Fraud, what it entails and how you can protect yourself from it.

Mon 04th, Jul

Cyber Safety Advice for Parents and Carers

Advice & Guidance

Hertfordshire Police have put together a short fact sheet as an advice document for parents and carers to help signpost them to the safety and support information they need to keep children safe.

Tue 21st, Jun

Do You Really Know (DYRK) - DDoS

Advice & Guidance

As part of the City of London Police's 'Do You Really Know' series, we look at DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service), what it entails and how you can protect yourself from it.

Thu 16th, Jun

Do You Really Know (DYRK) - Job Fraud

Advice & Guidance

As part of the City of London Police's 'Do You Really Know' series, we look at Job Fraud, what it entails and how you can protect yourself from it.



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