More than 746,000 phishing e-mail pretending to be from the NHS have been blocked in just a month, in 2017, the National Cyber Security Centre, says.
A report on the first year of the GCHQ unit-the cyber-defence programme and found that it has removed 121,479 phishing sites hosted in the UNITED kingdom.
This has reduced the UNITED kingdom, for the global share of phishing attacks from 5.3% to 3.1%.
Three-quarters of the government of the UNITED kingdom-related phishing sites have been taken in 24 hours.
Phishing E-mails trick users to visit websites that represent the best-known brands and ask the user to log in to your account.
This enables attackers to collect confidential login details or financial information.
Phishing E-mails are also used to trick people into opening malicious email attachments to install malware on your computer.
The reduction methods of phishing that has involved the use of various security systems the scan to run millions of tests on government websites and the e-mail sent in and out of government networks.’Simple things’
“What we did is not rocket science – the technology has been around for a while, but I managed to convince the various departments of the government to do simple things to reduce cyber-security threats dramatically,” cyber-security expert Prof Alan Woodward, from Surrey University, has told the BBC.
“Phishing E-mail from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) used to be the most common e-mail messages that you see, but have had the HMRC to put the technology, and spoofing e-mail is dropped to zero in a matter of days”.
Cyber-security expert Graham Cluley said that the technologies were not new, but the NCSC efforts that had produced “extraordinary results.”
“Of course not, you have missed every phishing attempt, but they have helped eradicate many of the most convincing attacks,” he told the BBC.
Martyn Thomas, Gresham College, the professor, agreed: “I think that their success rate in stopping really legitimate looking spam is really high, and are to be congratulated.”
While Professor Thomas felt that the NCSC would benefit from having a “long term vision” when it came to computer security, he felt the fact that the government agency could get the intelligence GCHQ potential cyber attacks, has burst into business, security and contractors. NHS targeted
Prof Woodward said that the NCSC work was “an important development” because the organization was able to close the opportunity for people to pretend to be within the NHS, which will help prevent future attacks.
“The biggest problem is people pretending to be inside,” he said. “Every time you get something that seems to come from your network, allow you to trust it.”