90 email accounts affected in Parliament cyberattack
Westminster recently experienced a cyberattack, and according to reports, out of 9,000 users, around 90 email accounts were affected. Parliament officials revealed that hackers tried to breach the email accounts of MPs, peers and their staff by looking for accounts with weak and easy passwords that did not conform to the guidelines issued by the Parliamentary Digital Service.
A spokesperson for Parliament revealed that officials from both Houses will be meeting on Monday to discuss the incident. Already, investigations are underway by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) and the National Crime Agency to find out whether the hackers were able to get access to important data.
The spokesperson went on to add that the first priority is protecting the systems and the network from continuous cyberattacks, as this will allow Parliamentary business to continue unhindered. Following the recent breach, Parliament is now in the process of putting wider IT services into place.
Andrew Bridgen, a Tory MP, said that the cyberattack could pose a blackmail threat to some people. He also stated that his constituents are worried about the security of the information that they send to him.
The Parliament spokesperson said that MPs have been informed of the hacking attempts and were also updated on the measures that technical staff are taking to protect the network and email accounts.
This hacking attempt is the latest of the cyberattack woes that have been plaguing the country. Previously, the NHS computer network was affected by the WannaCry ransomware. This latest attack once again brings to the forefront the importance of educating the public on the importance of having strong passwords and not opening emails or attachments from unknown sources. IT security has become more relevant in today’s world, as everything is being digitised.
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