Cyber Criminals Attempt To Infiltrate National Portrait Gallery

No sector is too far for a cyber criminal to reach. As a recent Freedom of Information (FoI) request, issued by Parliament Street discovered.

The National Portrait Gallery in London, was bombarded with 347,602 emails from cyber criminals containing spam, phishing links and malware attacks during quarter four of 2019. All with the aim of garnering the private information, including payment details and email addresses stored on its servers of the millions of visitors it receives through its door.

Although all of the malicious emails were blocked by the Gallery’s cyber security, 56% were identified as directory harvest attack.

Worryingly, 61,710 emails were blocked as the sender belonged to a ‘threat intelligence blacklist’.

85,793 emails were intercepted as they were believed, or confirmed, to have contained spam content and 418 emails were listed as being blocked for containing viruses.

Andy Heather, VP at Centrify, said:

“These figures paint a worrying picture of the volume of malicious email attacks designed to trick unsuspecting staff 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 to target for hackers and cyber criminals seeking to use legitimate, often stolen, credentials to gain access fear of detection.

Holding regular training with staff regarding how to spot fraudulent emails, as well as detailing what to do when you discover one will help to remind staff of the do’s and don’ts.

People are only human, and in our busy day to day lives, anyone can fall prey to a phishing attack, by accidently clicking on a link they shouldn’t. developing and building a no blame culture is paramount in ensuring employees remain open and honest with you.

How many phishing attacks do you think your organisation has faced in the last month?