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British Intelligence Blames Iran on Parliament Cyber Attack

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The cyber attackers sought to gain access to accounts protected by weak passwords, reported Newburgh Gazette (US).

It appears to have been state-sponsored. Russian Federation faced accusations it was behind the attack but investigators have traced the source of the hit to the Tehran regime, according to The Times.

Conservative MP Andrew Bridgen said that such an attack "absolutely" could leave many people open to blackmail. There is an ongoing investigation into the attack by Britain's National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC).

The timing is potentially hard; the revelation comes shortly after Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May, along with other European leaders, issued a strident defense of the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran, the USA and other powers, in the face of new attacks on it by President Donald Trump. Fox said, "We know that our public services are attacked, so it is not at all surprising that there should be an attempt to hack into parliamentary emails, and it's a warning to everybody, whether they are in parliament or elsewhere, that they need to do everything possible to maintain their own cybersecurity".

The possibility of obtaining a commercial advantage has not, however, been ruled out, while other theories include "classic cyber-espionage" to find sensitive material which could hurt British interests. The reasons behind such attack are unknown, but experts reportedly suggested that Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps might have carried out the attack to undermine the nuclear deal as it wants Tehran to continue its weapons program.

The Iranian government also had no immediate comment. Trump moved on Friday to "decertify" the deal though ultimately its fate lies in the hands of Congress. He kicked a decision over whether to restore sanctions back to Congress. May, along with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron, issued a joint statement Friday night calling the deal "the culmination of 13 years of diplomacy".

"We stand committed to the JCPoA and its full implementation by all sides". Iran will be one of the topics of conversation when British foreign secretary Boris Johnson travels to Moscow later this year, the United Kingdom government announced on Friday.

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