• 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

Tue 24th, May

University Student Phishing Scam

News Article

A new phishing campaign which has hit students of the UK universities claims that the student has been awarded an educational grant by the Department for Education.

Wed 11th, May

Do You Really Know (DYRK) - Banking Malware

Advice & Guidance

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

Tue 03rd, May

Online Extortion Demand Affecting UK Businesses

Advice & Guidance

Within the past 24 hours a number of businesses throughout the UK have received extortion demands from a group calling themselves ‘Lizard Squad'. Download and read the official Alert document.

Sat 30th, Apr

Avoid Phone Scams

Advice & Guidance

Advice from the City of London Police on how to avoid phone scams and calls from unsolicited numbers.

Fri 22nd, Apr

ERSOU issues 'date safe' advice for internet users

News Article

The Eastern Region Special Operations unit is issuing advice on meeting strangers after online interaction, following a national increase in reports of crimes initiated through the use of internet dating.

Tue 19th, Apr

Do You Really Know (DYRK) - Holiday Fraud

Advice & Guidance

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

Fri 15th, Apr

Download the 'Stay Secure Online 2016' Guide

Advice & Guidance

The National Policing DCG Futures Group has produced a booklet which provides simple advice in relation to the privacy options currently available to all users of Social Media, Internet Browsers and Smartphones. Download it here, today.

Wed 13th, Apr

Operation Dilute - Victim Engagement

News Article

ERSOU’s Regional Cyber Crime Unit have begun contacting victims of cyber crime for Operation Dilute, following the theft of thousands of user credentials relating to customer accounts back in 2014.

Fri 26th, Feb

Protect Yourself Against PBX Fraud

Advice & Guidance

Advisories were released back in July 2014 on the threat of PBX Fraud and how to protect against compromise, but unfortunately we are still seeing victims being exploited by cyber criminals via this easily preventable method of attack.

Fri 12th, Feb

Don’t be fooled by fraudsters this Valentine’s Day

News Article

Bedfordshire Police and the Eastern Region Special Operations Unit (ERSOU) are reminding people of the perils of cybercrime as Valentine’s Day (Sunday 14 February) approaches.



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