Cyber Crime





If you are concerned that you have been a victim of cyber crime, report it to ActionFraud on 0300 123 2040, or online at .

Once a cyber crime has been reported we can then start investigating.


What we do


Our Cyber Crime Unit provides a holistic approach to tackling a crime type that only a few years ago remained unseen, unreported and undetected. Our focus is on addressing cyber dependent crimes and their impact upon businesses, groups, charities and some key critical national infrastructure organisations based in the South West. Such crimes include network intrusion, ransomware and denial of service attacks.

Our team works within four key areas:

In the South West we are one of the country’s leading investigative units. In addition to investigating crimes that have been committed, we are proactive in using the latest tools and techniques to identify those cyber criminals that are causing harm to our communities.


We have a passionate team whose aim is to divert primarily young and gifted individuals from committing cyber-crime to lawful and productive pathways. We engage closely with schools and partner agencies and run bespoke interactive sessions across the South West.

If you know of any young people who may benefit from our input, use our Prevent 'Cyber Futures' referral form.


Our network of Cyber Protect officers offer advice, guidance and provide examples of cyber crimes we have investigated where simple steps could have prevented an organisation from becoming a victim. Our advice is free, generally low cost to implement and only from trusted sources such as the National Cyber Security Centre.

Our Protect leaflet is a great starting point for advice and useful resources.

Providing advice and guidance through desk-top exercises and innovative messaging preparing organisations for a cyber incident. Sadly, it is very much a question of ‘when’ rather than ‘if’ an organisation will become a victim. Business Continuity, Incident Response, Media and Reputational damage limitation are key.


All these initiatives are there to protect the South West from cyber crime. We are always eager to hear from anyone with a view of what we do, and what we can do to help. You can contact us via email at [email protected], or for advice/guidance/events use [email protected].


To stay up to date with the latest cyber security advice and guidance, we also recommend signing up to our fortnightly Regional Cyber Briefing e-newsletter, or our more in-depth technical monthly Cyber Intelligence Report


We also maintain an active presence on our social media accounts below. Follow us on our accounts below:


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Recent Updates:

Weekly Intelligence Briefing 27th May 2016

Cyber / Fri 27th, May

A 'Weekly Intelligence Briefing' produced by the Zephyr Regional Cyber Crime Unit.

South West CiSP Group Launch, part of the Cyber-security Information Sharing Partnership (CiSP)

Cyber / Wed 18th, May

Today 180+ business representatives have been invited to sign up to the South West Group of the Cyber-security Information Sharing Partnership (CiSP). Please see attached a document detailing more information regarding this event.

Do you really know how banking malware works?

Cyber / Thu 12th, May

Malware, which is short for malicious software, refers to any software that's designed to disrupt or damage a system....

Weekly Intelligence Briefing 06th May 2016

Cyber / Fri 06th, May

A 'Weekly Intelligence Briefing' produced by the Zephyr Regional Cyber Crime Unit.

Urgent Alert: "Online Extortion Demand Affecting UK Businesses

Cyber / Tue 03rd, May

Within the past 24 hours a number of businesses throughout the UK have received extortion demands from a group calling themselves ‘Lizard Squad’.

Weekly Intelligence Briefing 29th April 2016

Cyber / Fri 29th, Apr

A 'Weekly Intelligence Briefing' produced by the Zephyr Regional Cyber Crime Unit.

Cyber security training for business

Cyber / Mon 11th, Apr

Free online training courses to help business protect against cyber threats and online fraud.

Do you really know how money muling works?

Cyber / Mon 11th, Apr

A money mule is someone that's recruited, sometimes unwittingly, by criminals to transfer illegally obtained money between different bank accounts...

Incident Response Methodologies

Cyber / Wed 30th, Mar

Whether you are small or large organisation, it is important to have an Incident Response Plan in place for various types of cyber attacks.

Weekly Intelligence Briefing 24th March 2016

Cyber / Thu 24th, Mar

A 'Weekly Intelligence Briefing' produced by the Zephyr Regional Cyber Crime Unit.

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