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Phishing: 60 compromised businesses behind half of UK attacks - TrustedReviews

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The UK National Crime Agency has revealed just 60 businesses across the country could be inadvertently responsible for half of British phishing attacks.

These companies aren’t strictly responsible for the attacks; instead, third-party hackers compromise the businesses’ servers and propagate attacks by proxy.

The details come as part of a report (via TheNextWeb) on 57 new phishing arrests in what the agency called ‘strike week’.

A total 60 companies were visited across the nation, with 5,531 compromises discovered on the servers.

These servers were found to have been used for sending spam e-mail, as well as various other attacks and phishing scams.

The arrests made specifically related to phishing, network intrusion, data theft, distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks, cyber-enabled fraud, and malicious software and virus development.

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Deputy Chief Constable Peter Goodman, the National Policing Lead for Cybercrime, commented: “Cybercrime...(continued)

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