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Cyber PROTECT Advice from Staffordshire Police

Thu 19 Mar 2020

Covid-19 remains a very current concern and is already causing angst for many people. Unfortunately, we are already seeing people and businesses being exploited because of the opportunity this situation is providing to criminals through cybercrime and fraud. Cyber criminals will exploit vulnerabilities in systems and networks, and will exploit fear in people. Due to this current raised concern, we are sending out important Cyber PROTECT advice to our network.

Our National Cybercrime Programme Lead from National Police Chiefs’ Council  has stated ‘We are already seeing as a result of this crisis increasing, targeted threats from Hostile State Actors and OCGs against a variety of targets’ and ‘ The current business as usual level of attacks will have more damaging impact in this period as the businesses themselves, their IT companies and wider cyber security industry have less capacity to respond quickly to mitigate the damage with high levels of staff abstracted through sickness and self-isolation.’

Please see the downloadable attachments below with advice on Ransomware, which is high priority and advice around Covid-19 threats for businesses and home workers.

Attachment ‘1. Cyber Advice Covid 19’, details scams that are affecting everybody not just businesses, so please feel free to share this wider.

The following threat and risk areas are considered high priority:

  1. Ransomware – this is the greatest threat and risk.  
  2. Phishing
  3. Home working
  4. Wider online fraud

If you have the opportunity, please can I ask you share this advice with your networks and contacts and please feel free to forward to anybody who you think may benefit.


Report all Cyber-crime and Fraud to: www.actionfraud.police.uk or Call: 0300 123 2040

Further advice can be found here: www.ncsc.gov.uk