UK Parliament investigating cyber-attack


Posted on: June 24th, 2017 by ABC News No Comments

iStock/Thinkstock(LONDON) — British Parliament is the latest target of an apparent cyber attack.

Members of parliament are temporarily unable to access e-mail remotely after officials discovered “unauthorized attempts” to access accounts of members of parliament, a Parliamentary spokesman said Saturday.

Government sources told the BBC the attack appeared to have been contained, but officials would still “remain vigilant.”

A National Cyber Security Centre spokesperson said they were aware of the incident, and the NCSC is “working around the clock with the UK Parliamentary digital security team to understand what has happened and advise on the necessary mitigating actions.”

It was not immediately clear who was behind the hack and an investigation is ongoing.

One MP tweeted on Saturday: “Sorry no parliamentary email access today – we’re under cyber attack from Kim Jong Un, Putin or a kid in his mom’s basement or something…”

Sorry no parliamentary email access today – we're under cyber attack from Kim Jong Un, Putin or a kid in his mom's basement or something…

— Henry Smith MP (@HenrySmithUK) June 24, 2017

Last month, the National Health Service in the U.K. was the victim of a major cyber attack. British officials said according to the BBC that they suspected North Korean hackers were behind the incident.

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