British investigators say Iran behind parliament cyberattack


The revelations come as Britain tries to keep the Iran nuclear deal on track after Donald Trump's refused to back it.

"That is not what we expect from the President of the United States, and it is high time for the British Government to tell him so". "It appears to have been state-sponsored", the source added, noting that "the nature of cyber-attacks means it is notoriously hard to attribute an incident to a specific actor".

The Times said that the attack "bombarded parliamentary email accounts", and though only about 1 percent-90 accounts-were compromised, "Whitehall officials admitted it was inevitable that the hackers had obtained sensitive material". "It is possible they were simply testing their capability".

But it is a sign that Iran is becoming "more aggressive and capable as a cyber power", he added.

The "brute force" June cyberattack may have been carried out by Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), the reports said. A spokesperson for the National Cyber Security Centre, the government body responsible for helping to counter attacks, said: "It would be inappropriate to comment further while inquiries are ongoing".

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Other European leaders such as Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron also issued supportive statements of the Iran deal which President Trump has previously lambasted, and which members of the US foreign policy community are becoming increasingly skeptical of. The president accused Iran of sponsoring terrorism and "not living up to the spirit" of the nuclear agreement.

"We stand committed to the [Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action] and its full implementation by all sides", the three leaders said, adding that preserving the agreement "is in our shared national security interest".

"The nuclear deal was the culmination of 13 years of diplomacy and was a major step towards ensuring that Iran's nuclear programme is not diverted for military purposes".

Mr Johnson cancelled what would have been the first visit to Russian Federation in five years by a British foreign secretary in April due to a poison gas attack in a rebel-held area of Syria that prompted the USA to carry out missile strikes.

The Iranian government had no immediate comment.