Iran was behind cyber attack on British lawmakers in June

Frederick Owens
October 16, 2017

The cyberattack would be Tehran's first significant one on the UK.

The attack in June was the first major cyberattack from Tehran on the United Kingdom, the Times said.

The Times said that the attack was Iran's first significant cyber attack on a British target after the hack was initially blamed on Russian Federation. "It appears to have been state-sponsored", adding that "the nature of cyberattacks means it is notoriously hard to attribute an incident to a specific actor". At that time, the government did not mention any specifics as to who could have done the attack.

The perpetrators behind the attack reportedly left some form of digital footprint or "calling card". However, this was not fast enough and the National Cyber Security Centre estimates that around 90 accounts in all were compromised, giving Iran access to several "sensitive material".

The revelation comes just a day after U.S. President Donald Trump announced his intentions to decertify the nuclear agreement with Iran and sanction the country's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps as a terrorist organization under counter-terrorism authority.

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A spokesperson for the UK's National Cyber Security Center declined to comment on the report, telling The Guardian that "it would be inappropriate to comment further while inquiries are ongoing". The president accused Iran of sponsoring terrorism and "not living up to the spirit" of the nuclear agreement.

At they same time, the British government alongside its European Union partners pushed back against President Trump's decision not to recertify President Barack Obama's Iran deal.

UK, German and French leaders issued a joint statement saying they were concerned by the possible consequences of his move.

"We encourage the USA administration and Congress to consider the implications to the security of the USA and its allies before taking any steps that might undermine the accord", the trio said.

Shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry accused Mr Trump of an "act of wanton vandalism" and said it was "high time" the Government stopped kow-towing to the USA president and challenged him on his actions. "This deal is not a bilateral agreement, this is not an worldwide treaty... so it is clearly not in the hands of any president of any country in the world to terminate an agreement of this sort".

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