The UK parliament getting pwned by a brute-force attack is utterly, utterly embarrassing

This weekend, the British Parliament’s email system fell victim to a sustained brute-force attack. Over Saturday evening, an unknown adversary (believed to be either Russia or North Korea, because obviously) bombarded the British government’s email system with thousands of login attempts, and ultimately gained access to 90 accounts with weak credentials. In response, the security services have limited access to the email system, forcing parliamentarians, peers, and support staff to rely on other unconventional communications systems to conduct government business, like text messages. This attack has raised several troubling questions that call into doubt the overall security of vital government…

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