Rus­sian hack­ers sell pass­words of Bri­tish MPs and staff for £2

Daily Mail - - News - By Kather­ine Rush­ton Me­dia and Tech­nol­ogy Edi­tor

HACK­ERS could have ac­cessed Govern­ment se­crets for less than the price of a cup of cof­fee, af­ter Rus­sian crim­i­nals traded pass­words be­long­ing to Bri­tish min­is­ters and diplo­mats.

Ed­u­ca­tion Secretary Jus­tine Green­ing and Busi­ness Secretary Greg Clark are among some 9,000 govern­ment em­ploy­ees whose de­tails have been sold on­line.

The two gi­ant data­bases of stolen de­tails are be­ing traded freely for around £2 a time, pos­ing a huge se­cu­rity risk.

They in­clude emails and pass­words of around 1,000 MPs and par­lia­men­tary staff, 1,000 For­eign Of­fice of­fi­cials and 7,000 po­lice of­fi­cers, a Times in­ves­ti­ga­tion found. Some­what em­bar­rass­ingly, Peter Jones, the For­eign Of­fice’s chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer – who is in charge of its IT – was also caught out in the breach, it was re­ported.

The in­for­ma­tion ap­pears to have been stolen in a se­ries of ma­jor hacks dat­ing back at least five years, in­clud­ing an at­tack on busi­ness net­work­ing site LinkedIn in 2012.

A num­ber of govern­ment of­fi­cials con­firmed to the pa­per that the de­tails were ac­cu­rate. For­mer min­is­ter Brooks New­mark said the pass­word listed for him was one he had used ‘two or three years ago’.

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