The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has received the millionth submission to its Suspicious Email Reporting Service, just two months after it first launched in the face of a surge in spam and phishing attacks at the height of the first wave of the UK’s Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak.
The NCSC said that besides Covid-19-related lures, more than 10,000 of the malicious URLs blocked and removed as a result of the public’s reports related to cryptocurrency investment scams, promising people high returns in exchange for buying digital currencies.
Cryptocurrency scams have been recognised as a growing problem, and are thought to be behind millions of pounds of losses annually as criminals masquerading as crypto exchanges or traders con people into handing over their money.
Besides that, it also reported numerous examples of fake online shops and spoofs involving brands such as TV Licensing, HMRC, Gov.uk and the DVLA.
Source: Computer Weekly