Parliament suffered from a major cyber-attack that threatened the accounts of hundreds of MPs, Lords as they lost access to their emails, aides and staff.
“The Houses of Parliament have discovered unauthorized attempts to access parliamentary user accounts.” parliamentary spokesperson told The Independent.
“We are continuing to investigate this incident and take further measures to secure the computer network, liaising with the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC).”
“We have systems in place to protect member and staff accounts and are taking the necessary steps to protect our systems.”
The Guardian claimed the attack may have been fueled by Russia and North Korea.
Security services halted access to all parts of the country except Westminster in a bid to secure the network and stop the cyber attack.
The Sunday Times quoted a security source as saying: “It was a brute force attack. It appears to have been state-sponsored.”
Everyone who used a parliamentary address received a message that read, “unusual activity and evidence of an attempted cyber attack.” had been discovered.
“Closer investigation by our team confirmed that hackers were carrying out a sustained and determined attack on all parliamentary user accounts in an attempt to identify weak passwords.” said a message reported by the Huffington Post.
“These attempts specifically were trying to gain access to users’ emails.”
Oz Alashe, a former special forces Lieutenant Colonel and chief executive officer of cyber security platform CybSafe, said the notion of having all emails compiled can pave the way for a wider attack as he explains,“email accounts represent a rich source of information for hackers.”
The attempt followed the news about Russian hackers inserting passwords that belong to senior ministers, ambassadors and senior police officers up for sale online.
In May, The UK was also struck by the WannaCry ransomware attack that threatened computers with outdated versions of Microsoft Windows, which also affected NHS.