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HM Revenue and Customs Set up New Cyber Crime Team 19/04/12

A new cyber crime team to tackle tax fraud by organised criminals more proactively has been launched by HMRC. This newly-created specialist cyber crime team will protect the exchequer from attempted fraud by cyber criminals who are using increasingly sophisticated ways to target HMRC’s repayment systems.

The team, comprised of high calibre technical experts, analysts and investigators, is designed to protect both HMRC and taxpayers from organised criminals and will build on HMRC’s existing cyber counter-fraud capability and existing investigation and intelligence work and is a key element of HMRC’s Cyber Crime and Security Strategy. The team will provide HMRC with a better awareness of the nature of the threat by using specialist forensic tools to exploit intelligence.

David Gauke, the Exchequer Secretary, said:
“As more and more of HMRC’s systems move online, cyber criminals will look to exploit any opportunity to attack the repayment system. In the last year alone, customers reported over 200k bogus emails purporting to come from HMRC and, as a result, HMRC shut down close to 1,000 bogus websites.”

Lavinia Newman, Founder of ABDS says:
“The new team comes as a result of the Government’s £917m spending review investment to tackle tax evasion, avoidance and fraud, which aims to raise an additional £7bn each year by 2014/15, and funding from the national Cyber Security Programme.”

The new teams will build on HMRC’s successful counter-fraud activity, which includes:

  • The creation of simple but effective dedicated reporting channels to report the attempted hijack or misuse of passwords or credentials
  • Shutting down bogus websites, claiming to belong to HMRC
  • Working with other government departments, law enforcement agencies and commercial organizations to reduce and tackle the threat from cyber crime across the public and private sector
  • Working closely with high-risk customer groups, such as tax agents, and the publication of security guidance pages on our website
  • Criminal investigation of organized crime groups using cyber crime techniques.

If you need any help and advice on Personal or Corporate Taxation and Reporting, contact Lavinia Newman, Stuart Coleman or Tonmoy Kumar now to discuss how ABDS can help.

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