UK MPs have been repeatedly targeted by hackers, with email attacks expected to increase by 60% year on year until 2020, according to new Parliament Street data. According to the Freedom of Information (FOI) answers collected by the think tank, about 23 million cyber attacks blocked by the UK Parliament from 1 January to 31 August 2020. This averages less than 2,8 million attacks per month, almost one million more than the 1,7 million monthly average in 2019 .
Parliament Street claimed that this increase could be explained by the outbreak of its pandemic COVID-19 which has resulted in UK MPs working remotely and possibly being easily distracted, leaving cybercriminals on the road to hacking into inboxes their.
Chief Executive Officer Tessian, Tim Sadler, reported that Phishing Attacks are still the easiest way to break an organization. He added that governments should protect their people from phishing attacks, put in place solutions to automatically detect threats and train officials on threats such as social engineering attacks. Sadler also pointed out that the failure of businesses to do so could have catastrophic consequences, as cybercriminals steal sensitively and confidentially. data, gaining illegal access to employees' email accounts. The damage that could be done if a hacker successfully takes over an MP's email account will be much greater.
However, despite the dangers, Parliament has proven to be quite resilient to email attacks in recent years. A typical example is an incident security which took place in 2017, when his state hackers Iran violated a small number accounts.
According to Infosecurity Magazine, a parliamentary notice sent earlier this year to members of the House of Lords warned that it was under attack "every minute of the day". Finally, Trend Micro blocked 27,8 billion cyber threats in the first half of 2020, almost 93% of which were via email.