Most people are aware of phishing emails, and the risk of clicking on links and attachments that could potentially infect your computer or personal device with malware.
Those unfortunate enough to have been the victims of cyber crime are all too aware of that sinking feeling that accompanies the realisation that money has been stolen from your bank account.
However, very few people are aware of the extent of the online criminal ecosystem that supports and enables these attacks, and the business model behind it. Our new report - Cyber Crime: understanding the online business model - explains just that.
The report, which we're publishing today to support the NCSC's ongoing transparency agenda, briefly outlines how cyber criminals are organised, their methods, and how their activities are monetised. It describes how Organised Criminal Groups (OCGs) share similar techniques and services, and communicate with each other over the ‘dark web’ where they can collaborate and advertise new services, tools and techniques.
To learn how to protect yourself from cyber crime, or if you've been a victim of cyber crime and want to report an incident, please refer to:
- Cyber Aware: cyber security advice for individuals and small businesses, including software updates and information on creating effective passwords.
- Cyber Essentials: industry-supported scheme to guide businesses in protecting themselves against cyber threats.
Head of London Operations Team, NCSC