Cyber hackers have targeted the Houses of Parliament in the UK. MPs and Lords are experiencing problems with their emails. Officials have confirmed that there were attempts to illegally access accounts in Westminster.
A Parliamentary spokesman said: “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 Security Center.”
Some officials have taken to Twitter to announce the problem. Lib Dem peer Lord Rennard tweeted: “Cyber security attack on Westminster Parliamentary e.mails may not work remotely. Text urgent messages @LibDemLords@LabourLordsUK@Torypeers.”
Dudley MP Ian Austin also posted: “There’s something wrong with Parliamentary emails so if you did email me, can you send to email@example.com instead plse? Apologies.”
The Parliamentary spokesman issued a guarantee, however: “We have systems in place to protect member and staff accounts and are taking the necessary steps to protect our systems.”
Many social media users are reacting to the breaking news of the said cyber attack, with some making light of the issue. Some joked that the MPs are “not working, anyway”, while some said their internet search histories will be revealed later. Others joked that Russian hackers might be blamed for the attack anew.