According to Freedom of Information Act data obtained by think tank Parliament Street, the National Portrait Gallery has been targeted by emails containing spam, phishing and malware attacks.
Welcoming between 1.1-2 million visitors every year, the National Portrait Gallery, one of London’s most prestigious art galleries, was targeted by 347,602 malicious emails during the final quarter of 2019 – to which over half (56%) were identified as directory harvest attacks.
Of the 347,602 blocked emails, 61,710 emails were blocked as the sender belonged to a “threat intelligence blacklist”, whist 85,793 emails were intercepted as they were either confirmed as being, or believed to have contained spam content.
A further 418 emails were blocked for containing viruses.
This data highlights the threat posed to tourist attractions, such as the capital’s museums, from malicious hackers who seek to obtain membership data from tourists.
Andy Heather, VP at Centrify said:
“These figures paint a worrying picture of the volume of malicious email attacks designed to trick unsuspecting staffers into handing over confidential data such as passwords and log-in credentials.
“The National Portrait Gallery is an incredibly popular destination for tourists, attracting millions of visitors and members every year, which unfortunately makes it a top target for hackers and cyber-criminals seeking to use legitimate, often stolen, credentials to gain access fear of detection.”
It is vital that suspicious emails are spotted and full checks are made so managers can ensure that employees are who they say they are.
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