#privacy: City of London hit by nearly one million cyber-attacks each month

The City of London has been hit by one million cyber-attacks each month during the first quarter of 2019.

According to a Freedom of Information (FOI) data request by Centrify, it was identified that in the first three months of 2019, the governing body was hit by 2.8 million cyber attacks, which equates to an average of 927,000 attacks per month. 

This is a 90% increase from the number of attacks recorded between April and December 2018, 489,000 attacks. 

Altogether during April 2018 to March 2019, the City of London were hit by 7.2 million attacks], to which the majority of them were categorised as spam. The second highest category was “spoof mail’ with 244,293 attacks. 

With “top malware”, there were, 17,556 detections. 

Centrify VP, Andy Heather stated:

“The high volume of sensitive public information contained within the systems and databases of organisations like the City of London Corporation make it a top target for cyber-criminals. Malicious email scams such as phishing and malware attacks form a substantial part of the wider cyber threat facing councils across the country, in London and beyond.

“With so many attacks taking place every day, it’s vital that all organizations adopt a zero trust approach to user activity, to prevent hackers gaining access to council systems using legitimate log-in details that may have been stolen or purchased on the dark web.”


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