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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.  

Increase in under 18s arrested for domestic abuse

  • During the festive period, Northern Ireland police received over 2,200 calls for domestic abuse incidents, leading to 1,113 arrests—a 12% increase from the previous year, with 368 resulting in charges. 
  • On key festive dates in 2023, more under 18s were arrested than the past three years, with seven remanded in custody, highlighting a concerning trend. 
  • Detective Chief Superintendent Lindsay Fisher notes the police have focused their awareness raising communications predominantly on social media, seeing a significant reach among a younger audience.  
  • For more information on the different forms of domestic abuse please visit the PSNI website. 
  • For more, please visit the Belfast Live website.