Water regulator hit with over 20,000 malicious emails in 2021

The Water Services Regulation Authority, known as Ofwat, has been hit with more than 20,000 malicious emails this year.

The data was obtained by a Freedom of Information request by Parliament Street.

The think tank said that because the organisation only has 266 employees, this suggests that Ofwat's corporate email addresses are “regularly bombarded with spam and phishing emails.”

In total, 5,149 emails were marked as phishing, while the company received 16,337 spam emails.

The highest month for spam emails was March 2021, where a total of 4,769 were flagged. The second highest was February, with 4,116 emails detected.

With phishing emails, March 2021 was the highest month, totalling 1,600, followed by February 2021 with 1,392 phishing attacks

All the 21,486 malicious emails were reported as being successfully blocked by the Ofwat.

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