United Kingdom parliament under cyber-attack

Elias Hubbard
June 25, 2017

We're aware of a possible cyber incident affecting parliament & are actively cooperating with ncsc who're leading the operational response pic.twitter.com/YOvPwQvn37- NationalCrimeAgency (NCA_UK) June 24, 2017 Part of the GCHQ spy agency, the National Cyber Security centre was set up in October past year to tackle what the government believes is one of the biggest threats to British security.

"We have discovered unauthorised attempts to access accounts of parliamentary networks users and are investigating this ongoing incident, working closely with the National Cyber Security Centre", the spokesperson said Saturday.

Parliamentary authorities described the attack as "sustained and determined", in an email sent to lawmakers and published by the Daily Telegraph.

"As a precaution we have temporarily restricted remote access to the network".

"IT services on the parliamentary estate are working normally".

International Trade Secretary Liam Fox said the incident was no surprise after the recent major hacking attack against the NHS. "We know that there are regular attacks by hackers attempting to get passwords".

The attempted breach comes a day after the Times of London reported that email passwords from British cabinet ministers, including the head of IT, were up for sale by Russian hackers. We all rely on computers, we all rely on emails, we all rely on digital records. "A computer is just the same".

A Commons spokeswoman said the lack of email access was not a result of the cyber-attack itself but part of the steps being taken to manage the issue.

Legislators were made aware of the problem Friday night, and Chris Rennard, a Liberal Democrat member of the House of Lords, publicized the problem in a Twitter message Saturday, saying those with "urgent messages" should text him.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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