The British parliament has been targeted in a cyber-attack attempting to access MP’s accounts, leaving many locked out.
The national cyber security centre and national crime agency are investigating the attack, after reports that passwords to some of the MP’s accounts, including cabinet ministers, were found being sold online.
The British parliament has taken precautionary measures, temporarily blocking all remote access, leaving MP’s outside of Westminster unable to access their accounts.
An email sent to those affected detailed the attack, making it clear that it was a detailed attempt to access private information, reported The Guardian.
“Earlier this morning, we discovered unusual activity and evidence of an attempted cyber-attack on our computer network. Closer investigation by our team confirmed that hackers were carrying out a sustained and determined attack on all parliamentary user accounts in an attempt to identify weak passwords,” the email read.
“These attempts specifically were trying to gain access to our emails. We have been working closely with the National Cyber Security Centre to identify the method of the attack and have made changes to prevent the attackers gaining access, however our investigation continues.”
“So far it is unknown what has been accessed and what the effects of the attack have been.”
A House of Commons spokeswoman commented on the attack, detailing the measures that are being taken to try secure information.
“We have discovered unauthorised attempts to access accounts of parliamentary networks users and are investigating this ongoing incident, working closely with the National Cyber Security Centre,” she said.
“Parliament has robust measures in place to protect all of our accounts and systems, and we are taking the necessary steps to protect and secure our network.”
“IT services on the parliamentary estate are working normally. We will continue to keep members of both Houses of Parliament and the public updated as the situation develops.”