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Cyber Crime

Answers to questions on cyber crime.

Cyber stalking checklist

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Stalking can manifest itself online. This could be monitoring your social media, your emails, in home devices, what you are searching online & location monitoring. Hacking or gaining unauthorised access to an online account/device is a criminal offence under the Computer Misuse Act and can be reported through Action Fraud.

To help you through what may feel like a very scary situation we’ve pulled together some tips to help you become more secure complete our cyber stalking checklist below.

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Our Cyber Protect officers have created a checklist that provides people with all the information required to best protect you from cyber stalking.

To download the checklist, click the link below.

 

What is cyber crime?

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Cyber crime is broken down by the Home Office into two forms: ‘pure cyber crime’ and ‘cyber enabled’.

Pure cyber crime: These are crimes where a digital system is targeted by means of a criminal attack. These attacks are designed to disrupt IT infrastructure, remove data and/or compromise the integrity of data. An example of this could be having your Facebook or online banking account hacked for malicious means.

Cyber enabled: Existing crimes are perpetrated through the use of the internet. An example of this could be someone being emailed a cyber scam asking for money.

How can I report a cyber crime?

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In the first instance, fraud should be reported to ‘Action Fraud’ by calling 0300 123 2040. If online, the contact is www.actionfraud.police.uk

I’m a victim of cyber crime, where do I go to for help?

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The above hyperlink for ‘Action Fraud’ takes you to the national site for reporting on-line fraud. The site also contains some very useful information on identifying some common tricks used by fraudsters and good advice on being safe on-line.

I’m concerned about someone who may be a victim of cyber fraud. What can I do to help them?

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The best advice you can give is to ask them to make contact with the ‘Action Fraud’ site themselves as they will be most familiar with communicating the circumstances giving rise to their concerns. You can offer support, by being present if possible when the contact is first made.

I’d don’t really know much about cyber security etc. What can I do to protect myself, my family etc.?

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There are several, easy steps that you can take to protect your online security – be it protecting hardware, like a laptop, iPad, smart phone etc., or online applications, like Facebook, Twitter, online banking or your email. We have created a handy document for you to take a look at which covers everything that you’ll need to know.

What is the dark net/TOR network?

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The TOR ('The Onion Router') network, aka 'dark net', is a means of accessing the internet whilst maintaining anonymity. This is often used by cyber criminals to hide their criminality. You can learn more about the TOR network by reading this BBC article.

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What is cyber dependant crime?

Nottinghamshire Police’s Cyber Crime Unit deal with Cyber-dependant crime or any offence that falls within the Computer Misuse Act 1990. Cyber-dependant crimes are offences where a computer/network has targeted another computer or network. This could be in the form of a hacking, denial of service attack or malicious software.

The cyber crime unit also deliver an early intervention scheme called Cyber Choices. The ethos of Cyber Choices is to help individuals who are showing signs of drifting into criminality to use their skills in a positive way, rather than for committing Computer Misuse Act offences. 

Protect yourself against cyber crime

Please report all cybercrime incidents directly through the Action Fraud website, or by calling 0300 123 2040. All reports to Action Fraud will be fed back to our Cyber Protect officers, so we can contact victims and provide support and guidance to prevent repeat victimisation.

Online support

We align all of our advice with the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC).

If you’ve attended one of our presentations or you have reviewed our advice, we’d appreciate it if you could take 2 minutes to complete our survey as this will help us to highlight any gaps or know if we are doing everything ok? 

Complete our survey here.

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