UK police investigate alleged online threats against two printers after threats to ‘spare’ them in print

Two printers who were targeted online last month after being identified as members of a UK police investigation into alleged online attacks on people are being investigated by the UK’s police watchdog. 

The Royal College of Policing (RCP) announced on Tuesday it was examining whether the alleged threats against the printers were made in breach of the Protection of Computer Systems Act or the Information Security Act. 

“The RCP is aware of the reported threats made against the two printers and will be taking appropriate action if they do breach the laws,” a spokesperson said in a statement.

“We would urge anyone who is concerned about their security or privacy to contact us and we will make a report if we are satisfied that they have breached the laws.”

The two printers who received the alleged threat on the day of the attack are based in the UK, and have not responded to requests for comment. 

They have not received any police action and the RCP has not yet received a complaint.

The RCP said it had no further information about the threat and no further investigation was planned.

The RCB’s website also stated that there was no indication of an investigation by the police in relation to the threats.RCP spokesperson John Simpson said in an email that while the organisation was not aware of any complaints, it “could not confirm whether any action was taken.”

“The information that has been shared with the police does not suggest a formal investigation has been taken.

We can confirm that we are aware of two threats that were reported to the police,” he said.”

If a threat is received in this way, we will take action if it breaches any legislation.”

However, we would like to stress that we do not have any indication of any formal investigation taking place.

“Simpson added that the threats had not come to the attention of the police because they had not been made public. 

He also said there was not a specific threat that could be taken as evidence.

The investigation into the threats comes after a similar investigation into a group of UK printers that received similar online threats on November 17. 

One of the printers, called F-Secure, said the threats were made on Twitter. 

Another printer, called Proton, said it was also receiving threats on Twitter and other social media sites. 

RCP said that it is not clear whether the threats made to Proton and F-Lock were made by the same group or a separate group.”

It is unclear what the motivation behind the threats to the two Royal Mail printers may have been, or whether there is any connection between the threats and the two individuals in the Royal Mail case,” Simpson said. 

Proton and the Royal Post have been in talks with the Royal College for many months to resolve the issue, Simpson added. 

Simpson said that while it is the first time a threat was reported to authorities in relation, the RCB was aware of similar threats made by two printers in the past.”

The Royal Mail investigation is continuing, but we are also aware of other threats made over the past few months by people with the same name to other printers,” he wrote.