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04 October 2017

UK had 600 ‘significant’ cyber-attacks in last year

British businesses and organisations have been on the receiving end of almost 600 "significant" cyber-attacks in the past 12 months, according to national security experts.

Companies of all sizes have been placed under threat, ranging from national institutions to large businesses and small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

Since the formation of the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) in October 2016, the body has registered 1,131 incidents.

Of these breaches, 590 are classified as "significant" with 30 warranting a cross-government response due to the severity of the attack.

The department's cyber defence programme has prevented thousands of attacks in the last year.

Meanwhile, suspicious communications in the tens of millions are being circumvented each month as part of the NCSC's ongoing partnerships with businesses in the private sector.

NCSC chief executive Ciaran Martin warns that the threat of further attacks - including malware, ransomware and phishing - is "real and growing".

He said: "Further attacks will happen and there is much more for us to do to make the UK the safest place in the world to live and do business online."

The NCSC forms part of intelligence agency GCHQ, and director Jeremy Fleming says the threats are "evolving rapidly as technology advances".

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