Security & Fraud

British Parliament Hit By Laser-Focused Cyber Attack

In today's fast-paced, tech-savvy society, it's not enough to install a antivirus software on any connected device and expect to never be under cyber attack.

While constant vigilance can help mitigate hacking, it's not likely that it will prevent attacks 100 percent of the time.

This past Saturday (June 24) British Parliament was one such entity that fell victim to a cyber attack. Reports from this event stated that the hit was a "sustained and determined" cyber attack with the goal of finding weak email passwords.

With this cyber attack coming just one month after a ransomware infiltration into the country's health service, the House of Commons is working with the National Cyber Security Centre to put together a new cyber security system.

In an effort to curb an attack in the interim, a House of Commons spokeswoman put out a statement, saying, "As a precaution, we have temporarily restricted remote access to the network. As a result, some Members of Parliament and staff cannot access their email accounts outside of Westminster."

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