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U.K. Parliament Says Cyberattack Targeted Its Computer Network

24 Jun 2017 5:35 pm
By Michael Wright 

LONDON -- The U.K. Parliament said a cyberattack targeting user email accounts hit its computer network, just weeks after Britain's health service was caught up in a giant internet pandemic that swept the globe.

A parliamentary spokesperson said the legislative body had discovered unauthorized attempts to access user accounts, and that it was investigating the incident in coordination with the National Cyber Security Center, part of Britain's intelligence agency.

"We have systems in place to protect member and staff accounts and are taking necessary attempts to protect our systems," the spokesperson said.

As a precaution, Parliament has restricted remote access to its network, meaning some U.K. lawmakers may temporarily be unable to use their email accounts.

The incident comes less than two months after the U.K.'s National Health Service was among a raft of institutions, companies and individuals to be hit by a massive cyberattack that scrambled computer systems in at least 150 countries. U.K. hospitals were severely affected, with some forced to cancel clinics and divert ambulances.

May's cyberattack used a worm called WannaCry, which locked hundreds of thousands of computers around the world and demanded payment to unlock them. A group linked to North Korea was highly likely behind that assault, cybersecurity firm Symantec Corp. said.

(END) Dow Jones Newswires

June 24, 2017 13:35 ET (17:35 GMT)

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