Cyber Attack Hit British Parliament, UK Not Prepared to Stop It


The UK was not prepared for a cyber attack that hit the UK Parliament in June 2017 targeting the email accounts used by MPs and their staff, according to a committee report led by former foreign secretary Margaret Beckett.

As reported by The Guardian in 2017, around 90 emails accounts of British officials from the Parliament have been compromised by the attack which took advantage of weak passwords to break in.

“The Government must do much more to change the culture of CNI operators and their extended supply chains, ensuring that these issues are understood and addressed at board level and embedding the view that cyber risk is another business risk that must be proactively managed,” the parliamentary committee’s report says.

Moreover, the committee made out of senior MPs and peers also stated that “This is also a lesson for the Government itself: cyber risk must be properly managed at the highest levels.”

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