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Top London attractions hit by millions of cyberattacks

March 18, 2019 / Sead FadilpaSIC

The UK's museums and other tourist attractions are being hit by more cyberattacks than ever before, new research has found. A Freedom of Information (FoI) request issued by the Parliament Street think tank to four major tourist attractions in the UK - Kew Gardens, National History Museum, Tate Gallery and Imperial War Museum found they have been targeted a whopping 109 million times. Kew Gardens alone have seen 86 million attacks last year, reflecting a 438 per cent increase, year-on-year. The Imperial War Museum was attacked 10 million times, while the Natural History Museum witnessed ­875,414 attacks. Finally, the Tate Modern and Tate Britain have seen 494,709 attacks, with the fact they hold vasts amounts of visitor information, including financial data, makes them a prime target for hackers and other cybercriminals.