Iran blamed for cyberattack on UK parliament

  • Roman Šulc
  • 23.10.2017 08:34

According to a secret intelligence assessment, Iran is to be blamed for the cyber attack on UK parliament which took place on 23 June. During the attack lasting for over 12 hours and conducted via the brute force technique, its perpetrators attempted to infiltrate 90,000 email accounts, including ones of cabinet ministers and Prime Minister Theresa May. The incident was originally attributed to the Russian Federation. The motivation for the act which has presumably resulted in the breach of several dozen accounts is not yet known.

If the incident has been attributed correctly, it is Iran's first significant act of cyber agression against the UK. Although the attack was not very sophisticated, it would suggest Iran's offensive cyber capabilities have increased considerably in recent years. One of its prior major endeavours was the string of attacks on the US financial sector between 2011 and 2013.


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