Russian hackers ‘traded stolen passwords of British MPs and public servants’

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Credentials of officials including MPs, officials and senior police officer reportedly sold on Russian websites after 2012 attack on LinkedIn

Passwords belonging to British politicians, envoys and senior police officers have been traded by Russian hackers, it has been reported.

Security credentials said to have belonged to tens of thousands of government officials, including 1,000 British MPs and parliamentary faculty, 7,000 police the workers and more than 1,000 Foreign Office staff, were in the troves sold or swapped on Russian-speaking hacking sites.

The majority of the passwords are said to have been compromised in a 2012 hacking attack on the business social network LinkedIn, in which millions of users details were stolen.

The National Crime and Security Centre( NCSC) confirmed that its cyber protection advice has been highlighted to departments in light of the breakthrough by the Times.

In the wake of the LinkedIn attack consumers were advised to change their passwords on the site and any other reports that used the same credentials.

The warning was be replicated in 2016 where reference is rose the compromised passwords were being sold by criminal gangs.

A government spokesman said it was a historical incident.

When it has just taken place, LinkedIn dedicated admonition that people should change their passwords, he supposed. Anybody who is no longer use the password will not have had their report breached.

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