Cyberattack targeting
Iranians accused of targeting UK MPs earlier this year

emailCyberattack targeting UK Prime Minister and MPs

It has been revealed that Iranian hackers were responsible for a massive cyberattack targeting UK lawmakers earlier this year.  IRANIAN hackers were behind a massive cyberattack on MPs’ emails accounts – including ones used by Theresa May, according to a secret intelligence report.  Some 9,000 accounts, including those belonging to the prime minister were subjected to a 12-hour attack on June 23.

Disclosure of the report, first revealed by the Times but independently verified by the Guardian, comes at an awkward juncture. Donald Trump made it clear on Friday that he wants to abandon the Iran nuclear deal. But European leaders, including Theresa May, want to retain it.

Earlier, Russia or North Korea suspected to be behind this attack which compromised about 90 email accounts of UK parliament.  But after in-depth assessments, investigators said the evidence now pointed to Iran according to the report revealed by the Times. The evidence amassed is pinpointing Iran, according to the assessment. A spokesperson for the National Cyber Security Centre, the government body responsible for helping to counter attacks, said: “It would be inappropriate to comment further while inquiries are ongoing.”

The cyberattack targeting UK MPs thought to be Tehran’s first significant one against the UK. A spokesperson for National Cyber Security Centre said it is not appropriate to comment further when inquiries are ongoing.

The cyberattack on parliament on 23 June hit the accounts of dozens of MPs, including Theresa May, the prime minister. and senior ministers. The network affected is used by every MP for interactions with constituents.

A security source told the Guardian at the time: “It was a brute-force attack. It appears to have been state-sponsored. The nature of cyber-attacks means it is notoriously difficult to attribute an incident to a specific actor.”

More Here [Guardian]

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