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Russian Hackers Trade Stolen Passwords of British MPs

Russian Hackers Trade Stolen Passwords of British MPs

Passwords belonging to British politicians, diplomats and senior police officers have been traded by Russian hackers.

The credentials are those of tens of thousands of government officials, including 1,000 British MPs and parliamentary staff, 7,000 police employees and more than 1,000 Foreign Office staff.

The majority of the passwords are said to have been compromised in a 2012 hacking raid on the business social network LinkedIn, in which millions of users’ details were stolen.   

In the wake of the LinkedIn attack, millions of users were advised to change their passwords on the site and any other sites that used the same credentials.

The warning was repeated in 2016 when it emerged the compromised passwords were being sold by criminal gangs.

A government spokesperson said it was a “historical event”.

 He added: "When it took place, LinkedIn gave advice that people should change their passwords.

 "Anybody who is no longer using the password will not have had their account breached."

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