UK Parliament hit by cyber attack

This friday it has been reported that up to 90 e-mail accounts have been compromised in a cyber attack on parliament.

This amounts to less than 1% of the 9000 IT users at parliament who were impacted, according to a parliamentary spokesman.

Officials took the decision to disable remote access to emails for MPs, peers and their staff as a precaution.

This cyber attack was a direct result of “weak passwords” according to one source and currently an investigation is under way to determine if any data has been lost.

 

Liam Fox recommends awareness to cyber security risk

International Trade Secretary Liam Fox told the BBC “We have seen reports in the last few days of even cabinet ministers’ passwords being for sale online.”

“We know that our public services are attacked so it is not surprising that there should be an attempt to hack into parliamentary emails.

“And it’s a warning to everybody, whether they are in parliament or elsewhere, that they need to do everything possible to maintain their own cyber-security”

 

This incident highlights just how susceptible we all are to cyber attack.

 

It is important that we all keep our passwords secure and follow password best practice as highlighted in this article about Mark Zuckerberg.

 

To learn more about more secure passwords and ensuring staff understand the risks speak to us about our general IT awareness training.  It seems an amount parliament could certainly benefit from it!

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