Millions of cyber attacks on Kew Gardens and museums as hackers target people’s financial data

Four of London’s major tourist attractions have been hit with millions of cyber attacks as people’s financial data is targeted, it was revealed today.

Figures show the Natural History Museum, the Imperial War Museum, Kew Gardens and Tate recorded tens of millions of attacks in the past three years. Only a handful succeeded and none are thought to have resulted in membership details being stolen.

Experts said the hackers were targeting organisations holding large amounts of personal financial data. 

The figures, compiled using Freedom of Information laws by the Parliament Street think tank, show 86 million security incidents at Kew last year. The figure included a big rise in attacks classified as spyware, up from 13.1 million in 2016-17 to 82.1 million in 2017-18. 

The Imperial War Museum recorded the second highest number — more than 10 million

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