Cyber attack - useful information

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What is a cyber attack 

A cyber attack is any attempt to gain unauthorised access to a computer, computing system or computer network with the intent to cause damage. Cyber attacks aim to disable, disrupt, destroy or control computer systems or to alter, block, delete, manipulate or steal the data held within these systems.

How does a cyber attack happen?

Cyber criminals use a variety of tactics, like malware attacks, social engineering scams, and password theft, to gain  access to their target systems.

What is Identity theft

Identity theft happens when fraudsters access enough information about someone’s identity, such as their name, date of birth, current or previous addresses, to commit a fraud. Identity theft is often a pre-cursor to fraud but is not considered a recordable crime. Fraudsters can use your identity details to:

  • Open bank accounts.
  • Obtain credit cards, loans and state benefits.
  • Order goods in your name.
  • Take over your existing accounts.
  • Take out mobile phone contracts.
  • Obtain genuine documents such as passports and driving licences in your name.

What to do if you think you have been victim of identity theft?

Inform your bank, building society and credit card company of any unusual transactions on your statement. Request a copy of your credit file to check for any suspicious credit applications. Report the theft of personal documents and suspicious credit applications to the police immediately. 



  • Reporting - Action on Fraud
  • Check your credit score - there are a number of credit agencies who can help with fraud detection. These include Experian who offer 30 days free service
  • There are other credit agencies such as Credit Karma, Equifax and TransUnion. (Families should check terms and conditions)
  • The Action Fraud Team has provided a link to this website which has useful information: