Teesside is a prime access point for hackers as UK law enforcement continues to see its resources depleted due to a ‘cybercrime tidal wave’.
A new report from the Parliament Street Think Tank has found that police are under increasing pressure to launch social media criminal investigations and hacking incidents.
The news comes as senior police chiefs have warned that budget cuts and limited resources are leading to an increase in violent crime across the country.
The research paper, “Hack Attack: Police Under Pressure,” released Wednesday, reveals that 14 police forces have launched a total of 2,547 investigations into hackers and social media reports in the past two fiscal years, according to the reports. data obtained under the Freedom of Information Act (FOI).
In the last fiscal year, Cleveland Police reported the highest number of hacking incidents, with a total of 356 recorded reports.
The data showed an increase of 14%, from 1,181 incidents in 2016/17 to 1,354 in 2017/18.
Sheila Flavell, President of the Institute of Coding and COO of FDM Group comments: “It is clear that the tidal wave of cybercrime is draining resources from law enforcement as well as businesses.
“Tackling this problem requires a concerted effort to recruit staff with the latest cybersecurity skills, as well as to expand education and training opportunities for existing employees.
“As part of this effort, it is essential that industry work more closely with academic institutions, to develop flexible specialist courses, so that skills within the workforce increase dramatically. “
In September, Anthony Leung, 32, was fined £ 300 after he hacked Redcar Lettings and Sales emails and changed the password, around two months after being dismissed as a director .
When the email account was finally opened, the bosses discovered that some were missing, including Leung’s CV which had been saved in a file.
Leung’s computer was then examined by Cleveland Police digital forensic investigators who found evidence of several of the company’s emails on his system.