BREAKING: British Parliament hit by cyber attack

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Parliament Member Angela Rayner’s latest tweet on Saturday about an in-progress cyber attack was met with skepticism by social media users who speculated that perhaps it was really a governmental conspiracy to gain more control over the internet.

“If you try and contact me by my parliamentary e-mail address then l will not be able to respond currently, this is due to a cyber attack,” she tweeted as reports of the attack began to surface throughout the internet.

In a report from Sky News, Democrat Baron Rennard said that parliamentarians were informed on Friday that they would not be able to access their emails due to a cyberattack, which was attempting to hack into their “soft passwords”.

According to a House of Commons spokeswoman, “The Houses of Parliament have discovered unauthorized attempts to access parliamentary user accounts. We are continuing to investigate this incident and take further measures to secure the computer network, liaising with the National Cyber Security Centre. We have systems in place to protect member and staff accounts and are taking the necessary steps to protect our systems.”

She added, “Parliament has disabled remote access to protect the network” in an effort to deal with the situation.

This is the most recent cyber attack since a massive ransomware virus was launched world-wide in May, affecting the U.K.’s National Health System.

According to Sky’s Home Affairs Editor Mark White, it comes “just a few days after an online group claimed it had hacked the email accounts and passwords of Government ministers and was offering that for sale.”

International Trade Secretary Liam Fox confirmed the reports of cabinet ministers’ passwords being for sale online. “We know there are regular attacks by hackers attempting to get passwords,” he stated. “It is not at all surprising that there should be an attempt to hack into parliamentary emails and it is a warning to everybody, whether they are in Parliament or elsewhere, that they need to do everything possible to maintain their own cybersecurity.”

A spokesman for the National Cyber Security Centre said, “The NCSC is aware of incident and working around the clock with the UK Parliamentary digital security team to understand what has happened and advise on the necessary mitigating actions.”

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