The UK government has announced the first one-and-a-half year performance of the National Cyber Force (NCF), an organization aimed at directly intervening in the activities of cybercriminals. In a statement, the administration disabled hundreds of thousands of stolen credit cards and suspended vital infrastructure for exchanging information and malware between them.
The report came from Jeremy Fleming, director of the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ). He headed the UK’s leading intelligence agency and was responsible for creating the NCF, which became the center of the British government’s strategy to combat cybercrime. The task force has been successful since October 2020, when the task force was formed, he said.
This announcement does not bring specific numbers in terms of infrastructure or cards, but indicates that millions of citizens in the UK and around the world will no longer be vulnerable to attacks and fraud by NCF activity, which should have been stopped. Millions of pounds were stolen from the victims. In addition, Fleming cited misinformation activities aimed at cybercriminals, which helped the Armed Forces and Police internationally find criminals on city streets.
The Director also pointed out the importance of cyber security training, which is overseen by the government and creates skilled personnel who can be assigned to the activities of officers or assist in protecting companies against attacks. Fleming considers education to be essential for the future of the UK’s security strategy, with a list of capabilities adapting to the pace of evolution of technology and cybercrime.
According to the head of the GCHQ, cyber security is a priority for the British government, with the expectation that it will have new implications for the NCF’s illegal campaigns and activities in the coming months. However, no particular focus was expressed, with the director’s report focusing on the bigger picture, rather than specific details of what was done, what concerns were and the potential current activities of the agency.
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