Brexit brings 10 million cyber attacks for British Council

On Brexit Day, it has been revealed that The British Council, the organisation tasked with promoting the UK interests overseas has been hit with over 10m phishing, malware and spam emails over the last year according to data obtained by Nimbus Hosting

by Patrick Sullivan, Political Editor on 31 January 2020 14:49


The British Council, the organisation which specialises in promoting wider knowledge of the United Kingdom and English language in over 100 countries worldwide was been hit by over 10 million malicious email attacks in the lead up to Brexit, according to official figures.

The data, obtained under the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act by Nimbus Hosting shows that the organisation blocked a total of 10,336,631 malicious emails last year. The findings also revealed that a total of 190,155 emails intercepted or blocked due to suspected malware, which could include worms, Trojan horses and ransomware.

Additionally, the organisation also blocked 14,317 suspected phishing emails, designed to trick users into handing over confidential information such as passwords and personal details. A further 10,132,159 were intercepted and logged as spam emails, many of which could contain viruses.

Tim Dunton, MD, Nimbus Hosting told The Commentator: “These figures are another reminder that cyber criminals will continually bombard organisations with scam emails, hoping to trick employees into handing over private data, to breach the organisation’s security systems or steal personal information. All it takes is for one hoax email to fall through an email systems’ imperfect filtration system before an organisation must face the consequences of a severe breach of customer information.

Dunton continued, “Moving forward, it’s vital that all organisations like The British Council have the necessary anti-virus systems in place as well as robust security procedures to keep hackers at bay.”

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