HACKERS have targeted the National Crime Agency website millions of times over the last two years, sparking security fears.
The chilling warning came as it was revealed there have been a staggering 90 million suspicious events on the National Crime Agency website since October 2013, prompting the chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee called for improved cyber security.
There were also 178 significant distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks on the website over the same period – which is an attempt to make a machine or network resource unavailable to its intended users.
The information was supplied in a letter from the agency’s director general, Keith Bristow, to the committee.
Committee chairman Keith Vaz warned the revelation demonstrates the increasing threat cyber crime imposes.
He said: “The extraordinary figures revealed by the National Crime Agency demonstrate the significant challenge, and scale, of cyber crime today. Modern policing has truly changed.
“Following the Chancellor’s decision to provide extra funding of £1.9 billion for the UK’s National Cyber Security Strategy, we need to know how much will be allocated to protecting us from attacks like this.
“It is vital that we not only bolster our cyber security, to prevent attacks like the one on TalkTalk earlier this year, but that we are more aggressive in going after cyber criminals and terrorists using the internet for recruitment, financing and to spread propaganda.”
But Mr Bristow insisted the suspicious events were a “blunt form” of attack which took volume and not skill.
He said: ”It is not a security breach, and it does not affect our operational capability.
“The measures we have in place at present mean that our site is generally up and running again within 30 minutes, though occasionally it can take longer. We consider that this is proportionate.”