Belfast Telegraph

Alert after Stormont email accounts hit by cyber attack

Stormont email account's hit by cyber attack.
Stormont email account's hit by cyber attack.
Mark Edwards

By Mark Edwards

The Northern Ireland Assembly Commission's email service has been hit by a cyber attack.

It is understood the attack targeted Assembly Commission email accounts by repeatedly trying to access mailboxes with numerous password attempts.

All staff have been told to change their current passwords in a email sent out to them on Tuesday.

An Assembly spokesperson told the Belfast Telegraph: “The Assembly Commission’s IT system has been subjected to unauthorised attempts to access email accounts.

"We are taking all necessary steps to manage and mitigate this and are working with the appropriate authorities, both locally and nationally.

"The Assembly takes the security of its IT systems very seriously and strives continually to ensure that all systems are secure. 

"The Commission does not wish to comment any further at this stage.”

Stormont's IT team is working with Microsoft and the National Cyber Security Centre to monitor the situation.

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