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NCSC publishes guidance on 'domestic cyber crime'

21/12/21

Mark Say Managing Editor

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The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has published advice for practitioners working with victims of ‘domestic cyber crime’.

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It has drawn up the guidance – for supporting people who are being tracked, stalked  or virtually monitored – in a partnership with charities, law enforcement and independent domestic violence advisors (IDVAs).

NCSC said that while the term domestic abuse is broadly understood, 'domestic cyber crime' is less well known, and that it is when an abuser uses digital technology to track, isolate and monitor their victims.

This can range from monitoring emails, social media activity and internet history, to using smart cameras and speakers to covertly monitor victims in their own homes.

Disturbing trend

During lockdown, charities who work with victims of domestic abuse have reported increases in the number of people seeking advice relating to domestic cyber crime.

The advice includes a section on preventative measures that victims can take to reduce the likelihood of an abuser being able to monitor their phones, computers, smart devices and online accounts.

It is available on request from [email protected]. Requests should come from an official work account.

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