Scottish Parliament hit by ongoing ‘brute force’ cyber attack – officials

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The Scottish Parliament is being subjected to a sustained “brute force” cyber attack, according to officials.

There’s no evidence the attack has breached the parliament’s defenses, Reuters reports, citing officials.

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The attack involves hackers attempting to systematically crack politician’s passwords, STV News reports.

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In an email the Scottish Parliament Chief Executive Sir Paul Grice told MSPs that the systems remain under threat.

“At this point there is no evidence to suggest that the attack has breached our defenses and our IT systems continue to be fully operational,” he said, but warned: “Users should be aware, however, that this attack remains ongoing.”

Grice added that it’s “not uncommon for brute-force attacks to be sustained over a period of days.”

A spokesperson for the the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre said: “The NCSC is aware of a cyber incident involving the Scottish Parliament and has been working with their digital security team.”


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