This message is dated Wednesday 27th October 2021 - Ascot

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FIRST: A local company has been targeted with Ransom Ware:

The company has faced a ransomware attack at around 05:30 a.m. on the 25.10.21. The accounts department were unable to access their hard drives at around 8am or 9am on the 25.10.21. An internal IT specialist tried to remotely access a server on site, but access could not be gained.

When looking into the matter further it was noticed that there were files that had become encrypted on the server. Remote access was made to several different servers and files were also encrypted on these servers too.
A ransom text arrived displaying each directory folder across all the servers linked to the company.

The scammer stated that their network had been attacked and all computers and servers linked were locked.

The suspect went on to say, a decryption tool was required to restore the network. The scammer stated data had also been downloaded from the network and it would be published on a news site, if the ransom was not paid.

The scammer gave them a link in order to discuss restoring the data. The company accessed the link which advised them to join a web chat, in order to discuss the ransom further.

The company has not made further contact, but has received an emails from the scammer confirming 60gb of company data had been stolen.

The scammer said that security had been bypassed and they must make contact as soon as possible. They have not.

The company can still operate as many of their filest stored in the cloud which has not been compromised.

The hosting environment is completely separate and has not been affected.  But some cannot be accessed, which has caused disruption

The whole system has been turned off and back on and all passwords changed.  They are now working with our IT Fraud Crime support team.

Can all companies please make sure their security is up scratch – to prevent it happening to them.  Ransom Ware is a real and current problem and companies need to protect themselves from it.

NEXT: THERE HAS BEEN ANOTHER ATTEMPTED COURIER FRAUD:

The potential victim is an elderly vulnerable widow who is hard of hearing and lives alone.  It now appears she has been receiving multiple calls from someone purporting to be a police officer who needed to confirm has bank and debit card details.  As her hearing and memory are not good, she cannot remember many of the details, but was aware enough to refuse to give the caller any personal information !

NEXT: From RBWM

Have your say on draft Flood Risk Management Plans

The Environment Agency is holding a public consultation on draft Flood Risk Management Plans across a number of areas, including the Thames.

These are strategic plans that set out how to manage flood risk in nationally identified areas for the period 2021-2027.

The Agency has worked with lead local flood authorities, including the Royal Borough, to produce the draft plans and now wants to hear your views.

The consultation runs until 21 January 2022. For more information, and to respond, please visit the Environment Agency's consultation page.

https://consult.environment-agency.gov.uk/fcrm/draft-second-cycle-flood-risk-management-plans/

All the Halloween fun, less waste

It can be scary how much waste a Halloween party can produce! You can still have lots of fun without producing as much waste.

Dressing up
A scary costume is part of the fun, but it doesn’t have to cost the earth. Get together with friends and “swish” costumes – have a swapping party, so that costumes get reused. Or why not get creative and make your own? You don’t have to be skilled at sewing – cut up old clothes and team with face paint for a zombie or make a ghost costume out of an old sheet. It can be cut up for dusters and cleaning cloths afterwards.

Treats don’t have to be tricky
If you are taking part in trick or treating, and want to keep waste low, avoid individually wrapped items in plastic. Instead, buy loose sweets from a market or zero waste shop, or a large bag online, and wrap portions in twists of bright paper or pretty paper bags. Or why not offer alternative treats? You could try little boxes of raisins or small fruits like apples or satsumas – draw a scary face on a satsuma to match your pumpkins. Or offer something that can be kept and used, like pencils or crayons.

Eat your pumpkin
Millions of pumpkins bought for Halloween are expected to go uneaten this year. With food waste being one of the biggest contributors to climate change, eating your pumpkin is a really simple way of reducing Halloween waste. Hubbub and Love Food Hate Waste have lots of recipes to use up your pumpkin instead of just throwing it away (and if you do throw it away, put it in your food caddy).

Royal Borough community spotlight

Here are just some of the upcoming community events in the Royal Borough.

Maidenhead Music Concert, (7.30pm Thursday 18 November) – Norden Farm Centre for the Arts. Favourite Beethoven and Chopin piano solos given by renowned pianist Piers Lane. To learn more and book your tickets, visit the Maidenhead Music Society website.
https://www.maidenheadmusicsociety.org/

Windsor & Maidenhead Orchestral concert (20 November) – Braywick Leisure Centre. An evening of classical music featuring the talents of the Royal Free Singers, Maidenhead Choral Society and Dedworth Middle School Children’s Choir. To learn more and book your tickets, visit their website
http://www.wmso.org.uk/autumn2021

ADS Santa Fun Run (10.30am 28 November) – Eton College, Dorney Lake. Put on your free Santa suit (included in your registration pack) and join hundreds of other Santa’s running a 5k course to raise money for the LOCAL People with Dementia, their Carers & Families in Windsor, Ascot, Maidenhead, Slough, Langley & all points between. Learn more on the Eventbrite page.
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/santa-fun-run-28th-november-2021-by-alzheimers-dementia-support-ads-registration-161067241455

Grand Autumn Bazaar, (10am - 12 noon, Saturday 30 October) - St Mark's Crescent Methodist Church, Maidenhead. A free family-friendly event with a range of stalls including Christmas novelties, greetings cards and jewellery. Proceeds to church funds. Learn more on the St Mark's website.
https://www.stmarksmaidenhead.org.uk/diary.pdf

Treasure Island pantomime, (Thursday 9 to Sunday 12 December) – Holyport War Memorial Hall. Have a swashbuckling adventure this Christmas cheering the goodies and shouting down the baddies as we cross the sea to find the treasure. Learn more on the Little Box Office website.
https://thelittleboxoffice.com/mdg/event/view/144431

St Marks Badminton Club – St Pirans School, Maidenhead. We play social (but competitive) badminton on Wednesday evenings (8-10pm). We are a friendly club with players of all ages (18+) and mixed abilities around 'intermediate' level. For further details please email Ian Parker at ianp7@btinternet.com or call 07940 691104.

If you have an upcoming not-for-profit community event or activity you’d like to promote in our Residents’ Newsletter, simply send basic information about your event to communications@rbwm.gov.uk and it could be shared with over 19,000 local residents.

You just need to include a brief description, when and where it takes place, and a link to a website/social media page/contact where people can find out more.

CRIME:

I have attached reference numbers to each crime report. If you live in the vicinity of any of the crimes mentioned and have CCTV or a video doorbell, can you please check the footage. If you have any that might be of interest to the police, can you please make contact with us, quoting reference number given.

Alternatively you can call 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or email - www.crimestoppers-uk.org

ASCOT:
ascotNHPT@thamesvalley.police.uk
SUNNINGDALE:
25/10 – 26/10  Monday 11 p.m. / Tuesday 9 a.m.  Fairfield house, London Road.  Tyre on a car slashed.  Other residents also targeted.  Ref. No:  43210482930

SUNNINGHILL:
25/10  Monday 2.30 p.m.  Tenby Drive.  The aggrieved was driving along the road when 2 youths threw a rock at their car causing a dent and scratch.  Ref. No:  43210481594

ASCOT & SOUTH ASCOT:
NO CRIME TO REPORT.

NORTH ASCOT:
NO CRIME TO REPORT.



Please consider using our online reporting system but please note this reporting tool is not for use where a crime happening right now, the suspect is still at the scene, or anyone seriously injured or in immediate danger.

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Jeff
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NEWS UPDATE FROM NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH

Hi, I am Valerie Pike, Chair of Windsor & Ascot NHW Association. The Association was formed in September 2019 and our objective was simply to help residents. In setting up the Association, we asked
How can each of us
·       help to make our community safer?
·       improve its spirit and neighbourliness?
·       help the Police to reduce local crime?
·       make our own home security better?
 
Starting up a Neighbourhood Watch scheme in your street is easy, and it’s free. Police statistics show that a Neighbourhood Watch scheme significantly reduces the probability of your house being burgled.
Neighbourhood Watch is about neighbourliness and making our communities and homes safer. It’s about being friendly and caring, and watching out for the elderly and vulnerable too.
Members of Neighbourhood Watch are assisted in a number of ways, including  having  free  home  security  surveys  conducted  by  a  local PCSO, to identify any areas in which security can be improved, and to advise  on  optimum  ways  to  safeguard  against  crime  and  improve personal and household security
But most of all Neighbourhood Watch is about helping the Police to keep us safe. They need the support of people who care. If that’s you - join us now!
Please contact us on contact@windsorascotnhwa.org.uk and we will be delighted to assist.

 
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Jeffrey Pick (Police, Community Engagement & Resilience Officer, Windsor & Maidenhead LPA)

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