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SOCA chairman's Sir Ian Andrews' letter of resignation

The chairman of SOCA, Sir Ian Andrews, has submitted the following letter of resignation to the chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee:

I have subsequently realised, however, that I had failed to register, as I am obliged to do under the SOCA Code, that I became a Director of Abis Partnership Ltd - the company through which I provide management consultancy services to clients whom I did declare - in July 2012, either at the time or subsequently in my formal Registration of Director's interests to support SOCA's Annual Report and Accounts.

I have no explanation for this other than it was both a genuine and unintentional oversight but it is nonetheless inexcusable: and the responsibility is mine alone.

My original four year appointment expires at the end of this week and was due to be extended until October to cover the remaining life of SOCA.

Given the above, and the fact that I have failed to maintain the standard of integrity to be expected of the head of a public body, let alone one charged with law enforcement, I believe that I had no alternative but to other the Home Secretary my resignation as the Chairman of SOCA.

– Sir lan Andrews, former chairman, soca

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Soca website still down

Soca have confirmed that their website continues to be offline following a hacking attempt.

A spokesman stressed that the attack did not pose any operational threat.

The action was taken to limit the impact of a DDOS attack on other clients hosted by our service provider.

Soca's website contains only publicly available information and does not provide access to operational material.

DDOS attacks cause temporary inconvenience to website visitors but they do not pose any security risk to the organisation.

Soca does not consider it to be a proportionate response, or a responsible use of taxpayers' money, to maintain excessive bandwidth on the off-chance of a DDOS attack on a public-facing website.

No security risk from SOCA cyber attack

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Soca deny the cyber attack posed any security risk Credit: Soca

A Soca spokesman said the distributed denial of service attack (DDOS), which involves web addresses being hit by a flood of visits, did "not pose any security risk to the organisation".

Previous DDOS attacks have been linked to the loose-knit international "hacktivist" group Anonymous.

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