Cyberattackers Kick Down a Few Parliament Email Doors

Cyberattackers Kick Down a Few Parliament Email Doors

By John P. Mello Jr.

Jun 27, 2017 9:56 AM PT

The United Kingdom’s Parliament on Monday reported a cyberattack on its email system over the weekend, when hackers attempted to access user accounts without authorization.

Due to the “robust measures” in place to protect the legislative body’s accounts and networks, fewer than 1 percent of the 9,000 accounts on the network were compromised, officials said in a statement.

Accounts that were compromised had weak passwords that did not conform to guidance on creating strong passwords from the Parliamentary Digital Service, according to the statement.

Individuals with compromised accounts have been notified and investigators are determining if the victims lost any data.

It’s unlikely that any data that might have been lost would have included any information gems.

“Big secrets are usually shared through unofficial email accounts,” said Csaba Krasznay, a product evangelist with
Balabit.

“An attack against some Gmail accounts promises much bigger gain,” he told TechNewsWorld.

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