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Cyber-criminals are threat to society, forensics boss warns

A senior manager at Eurofins, the UK’s biggest forensic services provider which was hit by a cyber-attack in June, has warned the country to “ready itself” for further attacks.

A ransomware virus infected the firm’s computer systems, laboratory work was suspended for seven weeks and police investigations and trials were delayed.

In his first interview since the incident, Mark Pearse told BBC News it could happen to any organisation.

“It’s a threat to society,” he said.

“There is no sector that’s immune to this,” said Mr Pearse, commercial director of Eurofins in four countries, including Britain.

“We’ve got the transport sector, the energy sector, the health sector, other public organisations, the criminal justice system.

Eurofins’ forensic science division in the UK, where it has seven sites and 60% of the market, was especially badly hit, so after consulting police chiefs and senior prosecutors, the company decided to stop accepting samples of blood, DNA and other scientific evidence from suspects, victims and crime scenes.

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