28.06.2017

Cyber attack on parliament compromises up to 90 email accounts

Cyber attack on parliament compromises up to 90 email accounts

A cyber attack on Westminster compromised almost 100 email accounts, parliamentary officials have confirmed.

In an unprecedented attack unknown hackers sought to access MPs’ inboxes through a sustained attempt that lasted for over 12 hours.

An investigation is now underway to determine whether any data has been lost.

Weak passwords and substandard security was probed, forcing parliamentary officials to lock MPs out of their own email accounts as they attempted to combat the intrusion.

The targeted network is principally used by the Prime Minister, and her cabinet ministers.

A parliamentary spokesman said: "Parliament's first priority has been to protect the parliamentary network and systems from the sustained and determined cyber attack to ensure that the business of the Houses can continue.

"This has been achieved and both Houses will meet as planned.

"Investigations are ongoing, but it has become clear that significantly fewer than one per cent of the 9,000 accounts on the parliamentary network have been compromised as a result of the use of weak passwords that did not conform to guidance issued by the Parliamentary Digital Service.

"As they are identified, the individuals whose accounts have been compromised have been contacted and investigations to determine whether any data has been lost are under way.

"Parliament is now putting in place plans to resume its wider IT services."

This is just the latest attack in a string of similar high profile incidents where security protocols and tools are below the standard required.

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