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Hackers Are Trying to Crack into Scottish Parliament's Networks

Password cracking

Hackers attempted to gain access to Scottish Parliament networks by systematically trying to crack members’ weak passwords, according to The Guardian.

The Parliament’s chief executive Sir Paul Grice warned employees about the brute-force attack through an internal memo on Tuesday, but reassured them the government’s IT systems “remain fully operational.” The incident comes weeks after a similar cyberattack on the U.K. Parliament, in which up to 90 email accounts were accessed by hackers.

Grice didn’t name any suspects in the incident, but he highlighted similarities between the attacks in Scotland and Westminster, including pervasive account lockouts and failed logins, the BBC reported.

sector

Government (Foreign)

reported

August 15, 2017

reported by

The Guardian

number affected

Unknown

location of breach

Scotland

perpetrators

Unknown

location of perpetrators

Unknown

date breach occurred

August 15, 2017

date breach detected

Unknown