West Midlands Police has been targeted by more than 60,000 cyber attacks in just one year.
And the force is now spending £147,000 annually to counter the online crooks who can send phishing emails and ransonware programmes to hack into computer systems.
New figures from the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau have revealed cyber crime cost the UK more than £1.3billion in the first seven months of 2021.
Individuals as well as businesses, councils and even the NHS have previously fallen victim to criminals who attempt to steal bank details or sensitive information.
Now West Midlands Police has revealed the scale of the problem it is facing, by stating there were 63,000 attempted cyber attacks between June 2020 and June this year.
The force did not reveal if any of the attacks had been successful or if any data had been lost in replying to a Freedom of Information request.
But a spokesman told BirminghamLive: “We’ve taken giant strides in recent years to modernise our processes and systems, and introducing new technology that allows our officers and staff to work more efficiently and better serve the public.
“With those advances comes the increased risk of digital and online attacks. We handle a huge amount of sensitive data and take that responsibility extremely seriously, that’s why we invest in services to help protect that information and our IT infrastructure.
“We can receive more than 150 attempted attacks every day, although most of these are phishing type malicious emails – with links and attachments intended to introduce harmful viruses into our systems – which are monitored by our security applications.
“For more advice and information go to https://www.wmcyber.org.“
We previously revealed how NHS nurses had been targeted by cyber fraudsters in Birmingham.
Nicola Moss, 41, had been working up to 50 hours a week during the pandemic at Good Hope Hospital.
But the single mum-of-three, who had also overcome Covid twice herself, was targeted by fraudsters who stole her Halifax life savings after an elaborate scam, known as authorised push payment fraud.
The heartbroken and hard-working mum later turned to Halifax to seek a refund of the stolen money which she was going to put towards a deposit for a new home for her and her kids, Michael, 23, Alex, 15, and Olivia 14.
Initially Halifax only offered her a fraction of the four-figure sum stolen, £350, after they told her she had been negligent when transferring the money.
But after BirminghamLive got involved, Halifax later refunded ALL her money.
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