UK National Gallery Witnessed Nearly Two Million Cyberattacks in 2019

  • The gallery had witnessed a total of 1,875,250 email attacks in 2019.
  • The attackers were trying to steal the personal and financial data of members of the major tourist attraction.

The National Portrait Gallery in London had received nearly two million email-related cyberattacks last year, according to data obtained via a Freedom of Information request. In the fourth quarter of 2019 alone, the gallery was targeted by 347,602 emails meant for phishing purposes.   

What is the exact figure?
As reported by InfoSecurity Magazine, the gallery had witnessed a total of 1,875,250 email attacks in 2019, with attackers trying to steal the personal and financial data of members of the major tourist attraction.

Most of these email attacks came in the form of spam and virus.

How did the gallery thwart the attacks?
The gallery, which is a vital tourist spot in London, prevented a wide range of sophisticated attacks from reaching their destination. Most of these were done by blocking malicious email addresses. On the other hand, its detection software blocked 18,378 spam emails and 443, 741 attempted connection emails. Around 179,844 emails were stopped under the category of anti-spoofing software and 10,959 were registered as manual envelope rejections. Lastly, another 2810 emails were blocked under the category of Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP).

Worth noting
It is clear that cybercriminals are mastering the art of malicious email attacks designed to infiltrate the National Gallery and other similar tourist spots. With millions of tourists visiting these places, it is imperative to have the right systems in place to protect devices from infiltration.