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Hackers pose as lawmakers, launch cyber attack on UK Parliament

Politicians were warned that hackers were posing as parliamentary officials asking for passwords

Press Trust of India  |  London 

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Security sources told the newspaper the attack was the biggest they could remember

Britain's has been hit by a new wave of after attempted to trick lawmakers into revealing their passwords, prompting officials to warn MPs and their aides to guard against such threats.

Politicians have been warned that were posing as parliamentary officials asking for their passwords.


"This afternoon we've heard reports of parliamentary users being telephoned and asked for their parliamentary username and password," a message sent to MPs and staff earlier this week warned.

"The caller is informing users that they have been employed by the digital service to help with thecyberattack. These calls are not from the digital service. We will never ask you for your password."

According to 'The Sunday Telegraph', parliamentary officials have said that are still attempting to gain access after a "sustained" assault last week lasted for more than 12 hours as unknown repeatedly targeted "weak" passwords of staff.

sources told the newspaper the attack was the biggest they could remember.

The network affected is used by every MP, including Theresa May, and her Cabinet ministers, for dealing with constituents.

It remains unclear whether the were successful in gaining access as the is ongoing.

The Cabinet Office, which blamed human error for the breach, said the details were publicly available on data.Gov.Uk, which publishes charts and graphs of public data and is widely used across government circles.

A parliamentary spokesperson said: "On Thursday afternoon a small number of parliamentary users were telephoned and asked for their parliamentary username and password by a caller claiming to be employed by 'Windows' on behalf of the Parliamentary Digital Service to help with the

"No usernames or passwords were disclosed in these calls.

First Published: Sun, July 02 2017. 19:27 IST
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