Forensic Submissions Is The Most Serious Crimes

Forensic submissions; Britain’s largest private forensics provider has paid a ransom to hackers after its IT systems were brought to a standstill by a cyber-attack, it has been reported. Eurofins, which is thought to carry out about half of all private forensic analysis; was target in a ransomware attack on 2 June; which the company described at the time as “highly sophisticate”. Three weeks later the company said its operations were “returning to normal”; but did not disclose whether or not a ransom has to pay.

The forensic submissions

The BBC has reported that the company paid the hackers to regain control of its systems; so it say’s it had not tell how much money was paid or when any payment was made. Ransomware is a type of computer program that infiltrates an IT system; also threatens to publish the victim’s data or block their access.

Since the attack, police have halt all work with Eurofins; which normally processes more than 70,000 criminal cases each year in the UK, including DNA analysis, toxicology, firearms analysis and computer forensics. The National Police Chiefs’ Council launch an emergency response; so to the cyber attack to prioritise the flow of forensic submissions; so that the most serious crimes could continue to be investigate rapidly.

However, cases are being delay as police struggle to allocate the growing backlog of case work. Other forensics firms doing case reviews on the behalf of defence teams have told; so they cannot access files held by Eurofins, meaning prosecutions that are already under way; which are also affect and some court hearings have already postpone. Eurofins has not respond to questions from; the Guardian about whether a ransom had paid.

The unauthorised theft

In its last update on 24 June, the company said it had “identify the variant of the malware used” in the attack and had strengthen cybersecurity. It said at that point that its investigations had not found evidence of any unauthorise theft or transfer of confidential client data. The National Crime Agency; which is leading the criminal investigation into the cyber-attack; so whether to pay the ransom i was a matter for the victim.

Rob Jones, the director of threat leadership at the NCA, said: “They are securing evidence and forensically analysing infect computers, but due to the quantity of data involve and the complexity of these kinds of inquiries, this is an investigation which will take time, therefore we cannot comment further at this time.” The Eurofins case is the latest major problem to hit forensic provision, following the collapse of Key Forensic Services and alleged drug test manipulation at Randox Testing Services laboratory in Manchester.