Iran is being blamed for a wave of cyber attacks that targeted key parts of the UK’s national infrastructure in a major assault just before Christmas. It is understood that private sector companies, including banks, were also compromised in what has been described as an “ongoing” campaign. Sky News has learnt that the Post Office and local government networks were both hit in coordinated attacks on 23 December. The National Cyber Security Centre said it was “aware of a cyber incident affecting some UK organisations in late 2018” and that it was “working with victims and advising on mitigation measures”. Personal details belonging to thousands of employees were stolen, including the email address and mobile phone number of the Post Office chief executive Paula Vennells. Advertisement Analysis by cyber security experts in California has concluded that a group connected to the Iranian Revolutionary Guard was responsible for this attack and the attack on the parliamentary network in 2017. Sky News has seen the 10,204 data records that were stolen from the parliament global address lists during that attack including addresses, company positions and phone numbers. More from Iran Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe appears in Iranian court to face new charge of ‘propaganda… Read full this story
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