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Parliament Cyber Attack Hits up to 90

Parliament Cyber Attack Hits up to 90

A parliamentary spokesperson has said up to 90 accounts were compromised during a cyber-attack on parliament on Friday.

This means around 1% of the 9,000 users of the IT system were impacted by the hack, which prompted officials to disable remote access to the emails of MPs, peers and their staff as a safeguard.

A number of MPs confirmed to the BBC that they were unable to access their parliamentary email accounts outside of the Westminster estate following the hacking.

The spokesman said the attack was as a result of “weak passwords” and an investigation is underway to determine whether any data has been lost.

They added: "As they are identified, the individuals whose accounts have been compromised have been contacted and investigations to determine whether any data has been lost are under way."

International Trade Secretary, Liam Fox, said:  "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 at all 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 cybersecurity."

The National Cyber Security Centre and National Crime Agency are investigating the incident.

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