The UK has always been late to the party, always one step behind the United States when it came to cool trends and entertainment, which would explain why the Guardian continues to more “Russian hacker” nonsense, at the very moment when in the United States, the Democrat party and even MSNBC are calling for less Russia and more policy.
In a recent post published by the UK gossip site, fewer than 90 email accounts with weak passwords are believed to have been hacked in a ‘sustained’ attack, for which the Russian government is suspected to be the culprit.
No evidence has been produced, as always is the case, and even The Guardian admits that “the identity of those responsible may prove impossible to establish with absolute certainty.”
But nevertheless, blame Moscow in order to appease the British deep state and military contractors.
The disclosure follows the release of the first details of the “sustained” cyber-attack that began on Friday. Fewer than 90 email accounts belonging to parliamentarians are believed to have been hacked, a parliamentary spokesman said.
Amid fears that the breach could lead to blackmail attempts, officials were forced to lock MPs out of their own email accounts as they scrambled to minimise the damage from the incident.
The network affected is used by every MP including Theresa May, the prime minister, and her cabinet ministers for dealing with constituents.
The British security services believe that responsibility for the attack is more likely to lie with another state rather than a small group of individual hackers.
The number of states who might mount such an attack on the UK is limited, and, in addition to Russia, includes North Korea, China and Iran.
A security source said: “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.”
MPs contacted by the Guardian said the immediate suspicion had fallen upon foreign governments such as Russia and North Korea, both of which have been accused of being behind hacking attempts in the UK before.
The Guardian noted that the attack on the Houses of Parliament sought to gain access to accounts protected by weak passwords.
The estate’s digital services team said they had made changes to accounts to block out the hackers, and that the changes could mean staff were unable to access their emails.
A parliamentary spokesman said those whose emails were compromised had used weak passwords despite advice to the contrary. “Investigations are ongoing, but it has become clear that significantly fewer than 1% of the 9,000 accounts on the parliamentary network have been compromised, as a result of the use of weak passwords that did not conform to guidance issued by the Parliamentary Digital Service.
“As they are identified, the individuals whose accounts have been compromised have been contacted and investigations to determine whether any data has been lost are under way,” he said.
It comes just over a month after 48 of England’s NHS trusts were hit by a cyber-attack.
An email sent to all those MPs affected by the attack said…
“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.”
“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.”
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