According to a study and data released by Absolute Software, The National Gallery London was hit by over 2 million email cyberattacks in the year 2019. The endpoint security offering company clarified that it obtained the data via Freedom of Information act and then verified the info with its sources before disclosing the facts to the world.
The National Gallery London is a paintings museum which has been established in the 18th century and is renowned to exhibit over 2,800 paintings- some dated from the 13th century AD.
Now, the info is out that the gallery witnessed over 1,875,250 email cyber attacks in 2019 which came in varied forms such as viruses and spam.
“The aim was to steal confidential data from the National Gallery”, says Andy Harcup, Vice President of Absolute Software. He added that the issue was elevated to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport which has the history of supervising the mitigation and thwarting efforts of such attacks.
Cybersecurity Insiders says that the Gallery uses the email threat monitoring software from Absolute which reportedly quarantined over 1,176,658 email threats that include 18,378 spam, 443,741 phishing, and 179,846 spoofings, 10,959 with manual envelope rejection and such.
Currently, the National Gallery London is facing a new cyber threat as some of its workers are working from home due to Covid 19 pandemic outbreak. So, the IT staff of the Trafalgar square art-museum is said to have taken all precautions to mitigate all risks associated with the situation such as encryption, use of anti-malware solutions, firewall protection and implementing endpoint security software protection.