Welcome to the latest edition of the Neu Cyber Threats, a weekly series in which we bring attention to the latest cyber attacks, scams, frauds, malware including Ransomware and DDoS, in order to ensure you stay safe online.

Here are the most prominent threats which you should be aware of:


A report emphasises continuing cyber threat to the health and education sectors

The health and education sectors continue to face serious cyber security threats based on the number of reported incidents to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO).

A report from cyber security firm CybSafe has highlighted that 34% of incidents reported last year were experienced by these sectors, increasing 2020’s figures from the ICO. The report also reveals a 19% increase in ransomware attacks.

The report also details that phishing is the most common cyber attack, with ransomware becoming an increasing trend impacting all sectors.

The NCSC has previously reported and provided resources on the threats against cyber threats. A guide to ransomware has also been made available for organisations looking to defend against this threat. You can find these below:

Application stores and the associated risks

The NCSC, in partnership with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sports (DCMS), has published a report highlighting the risks associated with app stores.

The Threat Report on Application Stores has been produced to protect UK consumers and enterprises.

Smartphones and smart devices have seen a significant rise in usage over the past decade, leading to higher use of app stores and applications. These have led to several security issues, and taking actions must be considered to avoid incidents.

The report provides links to detailed guidance which can mitigate the main threats, but the report has also been compiled to inform the DCMS review and call for views from the tech industry.

You can read more about the DCMS review on gov.uk, and the full report is now available here on ncsc.gov.uk.

Beware the Brexit Effect

Phishing attacks could be on the rise due to the effect of Brexit. The European single market could be a driver with customers and companies doing business between the UK and EU.

Cyber experts warned shoppers that bogus messages infected with malicious links were circulating the internet in the run-up to Christmas.

With three in ten businesses that import goods from the UK to the EU declaring they were unprepared for Brexit, further disruption to the supply chain seems likely. With this development, fraudsters and cyber criminals are likely to try and take advantage of the occasion.

Cyber criminals are always looking to capitalise on global events and changes to target users with attacks, especially in this case as the supply chain demand increases.

If you are concerned about any cyber security issues within your business, contact us today on 01283 753 333 or email hello@neuways.com.