Some weeks ago, there was an attempted hack into the phone contact list and emails of some UK MPs. This prompted the deputy chief whip Christopher Pincher to issue a warning to his colleagues, imploring them to;“Please be wary of texts and/or emails purporting to come from colleagues asking you to provide overseas contact details and/or asking you to download a secure message app.”
Last year saw a large spike in reported cases of ransomware, and industry experts predict a further increase throughout 2017.
Commercial insurers "Beazley" produced a report last month (click here) in which it stated that it had seen the number of attacks quadruple over 2016, with many of these attacks taking place in large institutions such as in the financial, education and healthcare industry.
According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), cybercrime is now more prevalent in our society than any other form of illegal wrongdoing. And it’s not just big corporations that are being targeted; a comprehensive study by Juniper Research [http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/uks-small-businesses-next-cybercrime-hit-list/] has revealed that the UK’s small and medium-sized businesses are increasingly finding themselves on hackers’ hit lists.