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Iran to blame for cyber-attack on MPs’ emails – British intelligence

October 15, 2017

By: Sikur

Evidence points to Iran, says unpublished report, after initial suspicion of Russia and North Korea dismissed

The houses of parliament
Dozens of MPs’ emails were hacked, partly as the result of weak passwords, a spokesman said. Photograph: Xinhua/Barcroft Images

Iran to blame for cyber-attack on MPs’ emails – British intelligence

Evidence points to Iran, says unpublished report, after initial suspicion of Russia and North Korea dismissed

Iran is being blamed for a cyber-attack in June on the email accounts of dozens of MPs, according to an unpublished assessment by British intelligence. Disclosure of the report, first revealed by the Times but independently verified by the Guardian, comes at an awkward juncture. Donald Trump made it clear on Friday that he wants to abandon the Iran nuclear deal. But European leaders, including Theresa May, want to retain it.

Initial suspicion for the attack fell on Russia, but this has now been discounted. The evidence amassed is pinpointing Iran, according to the assessment. A spokesperson for the National Cyber Security Centre, the government body responsible for helping to counter attacks, said: “It would be inappropriate to comment further while inquiries are ongoing.”

More: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/oct/14/iran-to-blame-for-cyber-attack-on-mps-emails-british-intelligence

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