A cyber security attack targeted Friday the Westminster Parliamentary e-mails

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More than 10,000 Westminster staff were told to change their passwords. Even the authors were not identified, is believed that the attack was “state sponsored.” The U.K. has long been aware of the threat of cyber attacks. This attack follows reports of cabinet ministers’ passwords and email addresses being for sale online by Russian hackers.

Westminster-Parliament
The Westminster Parliament

“We know that our public services are attacked, so it is not at all surprising that there should be an attempt to hack into parliamentary emails,” the international trade secretary, Liam Fox, told media in an interview. The attack was contained yesterday . Up to 90 email accounts have reportedly been compromised but is not yet known whose accounts. Concerns have been raised over the management of the system. “We have systems in place to protect member and staff accounts and are taking the necessary steps to protect our systems,” a House of Commons spokesperson declared after incident. The National Crime Agency said it was working with the NCSC on the issue.

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