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January 24, 2024

AI will make scam emails look genuine, UK cybersecurity agency warns

  • UK’s cybersecurity agency warns that AI will complicate identification of genuine emails, making it challenging to spot phishing messages, including those requesting password resets.
  • The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) predicts AI will likely increase the frequency and impact of cyber-attacks, and also highlighted a rise in ransomware attacks.
  • Despite the risks, the NCSC acknowledges AI’s potential as a defensive tool.
  • For more, please visit the Guardian’s website.

New guide gives people with learning disabilities accessible scams advice

  • Mencap and UK Finance’s Take Five to Stop Fraud campaign introduces an “easy read” guide to empower individuals with learning disabilities in recognising scam signs.
  • Individuals with learning disabilities are more susceptible to scams, as they may overlook subtle warning signals employed by criminals.
  • The guide aims to prevent prolonged financial losses by educating people on recognising and avoiding scams, emphasising inclusivity in promoting safety against fraud. This guide can be found here.
  • For more, please visit the Yahoo News website.

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New Government WhatsApp Channel to provide public information

  • The UK government launches a WhatsApp Channel for public communication, allowing users to opt in or out at any time for receiving helpful information directly to their phones. 
  • Cabinet Office Minister Alex Burghart emphasises the government’s commitment to exploring new communication methods with the public. 
  • The channel, subject to continuous review, will provide weekly updates and share vital information from trusted partners like UK Health Security and Public Health England. 
  • For more, please visit the HM Government website.