Forensics: The Major UK Forensic Firm Gets Ransacked for Ransom

Oh dear, this is not very good news. Eurofins does this in the UK. 

Eurofins deals with over 70,000 criminal cases in the UK each year.

It carries out DNA testing, toxicology analysis, firearms testing and computer forensics for police forces across the UK.

Forensic science work has been carried out by private firms and police laboratories in England and Wales since the closure of the government’s Forensic Science Service in 2012.

The result of this hack. This is just the beginning. Security issues have been around for decades regarding forensic labs.  Some time in the 1970’s,  a sect of the IRA bunch,  bombed out an Irish government crime lab in order to destroy evidence prosecutors needed to charge the crooks with crimes.   In 2016, a Belgium crime lab got incinerated by another bunch of crooks.

‘Court hearings postponed’

(Today’s News) An emergency police response to the cyber-attack was led by the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) to manage the flow of forensic submissions so DNA and blood samples which needed urgent testing were sent to other suppliers.

It has led to delays in forensic science provision and is understood to have caused some court hearings to be postponed because information on the results of analysis conducted by Eurofins was not accessible.

BBC News Report 

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Dr. Michael Bowers is a long time forensic consultant in the US and international court systems.
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