18 law firms report hacking attempts in the past 2 years

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), part of GCHQ, yesterday published its first report on the growing cyber threat to the legal profession.

It said that while the primary threat stemmed from cyber criminals with a financial motive, “nation states are likely to play an increasingly significant role in cyber-attacks at a global level, to gain strategic and economic advantage.

“There has also been some growth in the hacktivist community targeting law firms to achieve political, economic or ideological ends.”

The NCSC said that, according to Action Fraud, in the two years to March 2018, 18 law firms reported hacking attempts.