BBC Receives Over A Quarter Of A Million Email Attacks Every Day

By   ISBuzz Team
Writer , Information Security Buzz | Nov 03, 2020 07:37 am PST

The BBC was blasted with over 250,000 malicious email attacks every day in 2020, according to PCR. Data revealed under the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act by the Parliament Street think tank’s cybersecurity team, showed that an average of 283,597 malicious emails were blocked by the organisation every day over the first eight months of this year. On a monthly basis, the data shows that the BBC receives an average of 6,704,188 hostile emails classed as scam or spam. Additionally, an average of 18,662 malware attacks such as viruses, ransomware, and spyware are blocked. Across the period of January 2020 to August 2020, a total of 51,898,393 infected emails were blocked by the BBC’s systems. The highest month of attacks was July with a huge total of 6,801,227 incidents recorded. Of these 6,787,635 were spam and 13,592 were malware. The second highest month was March, when the COVID-19 outbreak was at its worst in the UK. The BBC received 6,768,632 spam attempts and 14,089 malware attempts, totalling 6,782,721.