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Cyberattack on Parliament: Dozens of Email Accounts Compromised


Almost 90 email accounts that are used by the MPs and its staff members might were compromised, what is considered to be the worst-ever cyberattack in Parliament. MPs got panicked and fear for possible blackmail risk, after one source told that the attack on parliamentary emails was might be state-sponsored during the weekend.


Mirror.co.uk posted on June 25th, 2017, stating that North Korea or Russia is believed to be the most probable culprits - although various other experts told that it can easily be the 'lone wolf' hacker operating from their bedroom.

The National Crime Agency and National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) are investigating on the incident, after getting the reports that the hackers are selling passwords of MPs and Cabinet ministers online.


The revelation follows release of first details of "sustained" cyber-attack which started on Friday. A spokesman of parliament said that less than 90 email accounts belonging to the parliamentarians are supposed to be hacked.


A spokesperson of parliament issued a statement confirming claims by the Sky sources, as well as stated that "significantly less than 1% of the 9,000 accounts on the parliamentary network" were compromised.


Those 9,000 accounts do not belong only to the senior ministers along with other MPs and the peers, but to their staff members and many other civil servants also. Sky sources suggested that many accounts are found as compromised at present.


It is yet to be known that whose accounts were compromised, and how much information was stolen from the accounts and who the attacker is.


A spokesman of parliament said: First priority of the parliament was to protect the network and systems of the parliament from sustained and determined cyberattack for ensuring that business of Houses can continue.


Users of Westminster system are not able to access their own accounts remotely because parliamentary authorities have put up defensive measures for dealing with the hacking. Although investigation is in the initial stage and identity of the responsible might be impossible to establish with total surety, most likely Moscow is the culprit.

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