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Randsomware Incident - Friday 12th May 2017 - NHS

Guidance information:

Randsomware Incident

Randsomware Incident (PDF)



Yorkshire and Humber Cyber Protect Conference

Yorkshire and Humber Cyber Protect Conference - 28th February 2017 - Leeds

Live Video Feed

DCI Vanessa Smith, of the Regional Cyber Unit, talks about the first Yorkshire and Humber Cyber Protect Business Conference in Leeds next Tuesday, February 28, organised to help businesses protect themselves against cyber crime.


DCI Vanessa Smith - Facebook Live

DCI Vanessa Smith will be appearing on Facebook LIVE on the last Thursday of the month, usually at 12pm, talking about Cyber Crime. Check social media for the latest scheduled event.

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DCI Vanessa Smith - Facebook Live

You're more at risk of identity fraud than you think. Sharing personal details like your date of birth, address and phone number can make you vulnerable. Don't make it easy for identity fraudsters. Start by setting your privacy settings. - www.identityfraud.org.uk

Cyber Crime Victim Conned out of £14,000 Police Video Interview


The Force, which is only one of a handful across the country with a dedicated cyber unit, is looking to spread the word about the dangers of the crime and the devastating impact it can have on people’s lives.

DI Vanessa Smith - West Yorkshire Cyber Crime Unit

The computer is rapidly becoming the new crowbar and anyone who has a desktop computer, laptop, tablet or mobile device/phone could be at risk of being a victim". 

Crime Prevention Videos

Guarding again online crime can be simple!   West Yorkshire Police crime prevention expert Chris Joyce talks about crime prevention techniques in his latest video updates as part of the Force’s Block The Web Monsters cyber crime campaign. 

Crime Facebook Live Videos

To re-watch any of the cyber crime Facebook live videos that we have hosted, please follow this link.

Child Sexual Exploitation

CSE Know The Signs posterChild Sexual Exploitation (CSE) is where someone takes advantage of a child sexually for their own benefit.

Some people use technology to make contact with children and young people with the intention of “grooming” them. To groom someone is to prepare someone to do something sexual for the benefit of the person making contact.

Those who seek to groom children or young people might try to gain their trust by using a fake profile picture and fake personal details and by pretending to have similar interests as them.

People who try to groom children and young people want them to believe their lies so that they can get information about:

  • their age
  • where they live
  • who else might use the computer that they use or
  • who else has access to their mobile phone

If you believe you are a victim, or know someone who is a victim, please contact the Police on 101 or online via: https://www.westyorkshire.police.uk/ClickB4UCall

Below are tips and advice to both parents and children, including knowing the signs that CSE may be happening, or if you are a child who to turn to if you are a victim.

Advice to parents

  • Could you recognise the signs of child sexual exploitation? Our Know The Signs campaign details what to look out for.
    Some of the visible signs may be :
    • Regularly missing from home or school and staying out all night
    • Change in behaviour – becoming aggressive and disruptive or quiet and withdrawn.
    • Unexplained gifts or new possessions such as clothes, jewellery, mobile phones or money that can’t be accounted for.
    • Increase in mobile phone use or secretive use
    • Appearing to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol
    • Being picked up or dropped off in cars by unknown adults
    • A significantly older ‘boyfriend’ or ‘friend’ or lots of new friends
    • Spending excessive amount of time online and becoming increasingly secretive about time spent online
    • Sudden involvement in criminal behaviour or increased offending
    • Sexual health problems
  • Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) can take place online - on smartphones, tablets and computers. Do you know who your children are talking to online? See our information about keeping young people safe on the web
  • Talking to your children about what they are doing online is one of the best ways to keep them safe.
  • Social media might seem confusing if you don’t use it yourself - our simple guides can help parents keep children safe online
  • Our simple guides explain how to set privacy settings on websites such as Facebook and Twitter and also on games consoles.
  • Sexting: advice for parents - information from the NSPCC, explaining what sexting is, what the risks are, and how to talk to your child about the issues. http://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/sexting
  • View our simple Snapguide below : 'How to keep your kids safe online - a parents guide


Advice to young people

  • Some people will use false accounts and fake photos to trick victims of online grooming. Read more with our Who R U Talking 2 campaign
  • If you are worried about online grooming there are people who can help, who won’t blame or judge you – find out more and get help
  • People may not always be who they say they are online. Never accept ‘friend requests’ or give personal information to people you only know online.
  • Ensure your privacy settings on social media accounts are set appropriately, so only people you want to can see your profile.
  • Always keep your passwords and personal information private to stay safe online. Remember people might not be who they say they are. Read more with our Who R U Talking 2 campaign
  • If anyone asks you to do something online that you aren’t comfortable with, such as sending photos or on webcam, you should tell an adult you trust.

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