Latest cyber security articles from the BBC, Action Fraud and Kaspersky Lab
What is fraud and cyber crime?
Fraud is when trickery is used to gain a dishonest advantage, which is often financial, over another person.
Redcar cyber-attack: Watchdog probes council 'ransomware' (17 February 2020)
A watchdog is probing a cyber-attack on a council which is still unable to provide any online services more than a week after its systems were crippled.
National Cyber Security Centre's CyberFirst Girls Competition launched (08 February 2020)
Hundreds of girls across the UK are trying their hand at being spies!
Fake university website for College Suffolk shut down (29 October 2019)
The website used Suffolk's links to Ed Sheeran and Harry Potter in a bid to dupe people.
Why passwords don't work, and what will replace them (29 October 2019)
Passwords can be insecure, easy to lose and easier to forget, so can new tech protect us?
The quite scheme saving thousands from ransomware (26 July 2019)
A free scheme to prevent cyber-attack victims paying ransom to hackers claims to have saved more than 200,00 victims at least $108m (£86m).
Lancaster University students' data stolen by cyber-thieves (23 July 2019)
The personal data of students and applicants has been stolen in a "sophisticated and malicious" phishing attack at Lancaster University.
New Facebook phishing can fool even the most savvy users (24 May 2019)
Fraudsters have learned to create phishing apps right on the Facebook platform and use copyright infringement accusations to bring users there.
WhatsApp discovers 'targeted' surveillance attack (14 May 2019)
"An advanced cyber-actor" exploited a major flaw in the Facebook-owned messaging service, WhatsApp confirms.
These are the easiest passwords to hack - is yours one of them? (21 April 2019)
People still using weak passwords - these are the most common.
UK cyber-security efforts criticised by audit office (15 March 2019)
The government has been told there are "failings" in the way it is planning to protect the UK's critical infrastructure from cyber-attacks.
GCSE coursework lost in cyber attack on Bridport school (13 March 2019)
Hackers have used ransomware to encrypt files at a school, causing it to lose some students' GCSE coursework.
The right balance: Enabling women to pursue a career in IT (8 March 2019)
This year, International Women's Day centres around the theme of #BalanceforBetter, a message I think is particularly apt in my industry, cybersecurity.
Got a direct message from a top YouTuber? Chances are, it's phishing (11 February 2019)
How does this YouTube scam work?
Strong Password Day (1 February 2019)
Create STRONG, memorable passwords that you don’t have to change all the time.
Crazy Razy, bitcoin thief (24 January 2019)
Razy trojan installs malicious browser extensions to steal cryptocurrency.
UK cyber-crime victims lose £190,000 a day (27 January 2019)
More than £190,000 a day is lost in the UK by victims of cyber-crime, police statistics show.
WhatsApp and Facebook ticket giveaways: viral fraud (21 January 2019)
If you got a message from a friend in WhatsApp saying that Disneyland is giving away tickets, just politely ignore it: It's a hoax. In this post, we explain how it works.
Online fraud: 5 most common spammer tricks (11 December 2018)
The 5 most common ways spammers can trick you into playing them or giving up your personal information.
Why you should never reuse passwords (4 December 2018)
Using one password for everything is convenient, but it’s also dangerously insecure. We examine the case of Mark, a young designer.
Students blamed for university and college cyber-attacks (14 September 2018)
A security analysis of cyber-attacks against universities and colleges in the UK has discovered staff or students could often be responsible, rather than organised crime or hacking groups.
University students hit by wave of fake tax refund emails (17 November 2018)
University students have been bombarded with fake tax refunds emails in the last month, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has warned.
17-24 year olds falling victim to fake car insurance (17 September 2018)
Steer clear of fraud.
Fake TV Licensing refund emails (21 September 2018)
Fraudsters are sending out fake TV Licence refund emails that lead to convincing looking websites in a bid to steal victim bank account details.
Reports of frauds on the elderly are 'tip of iceberg' (23 September 2018)
Investigation finds the numbers of scams involving elderly victims has almost doubled in three years.
British Airways data breach - how to protect yourself (7 September 2018)
British Airways has warned customers that card payments on its website and app were compromised after a data breach. Here is what to do if you think you have been affected.
Heathrow fined for USB stick data breach (8 October 2018)
Heathrow Airport has been fined £120,000 by the Information Commissioner's Office for "serious" data protection failings.