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Russian and Chinese hackers gained access to Foreign Office messages after Whitehall staff member ‘probably accidentally’ downloaded malware hidden in an email | #hacking | #cybersecurity | #infosec | #comptia | #pentest | #hacker


  • The i newspaper claims the attackers were able to see details of meetings
  • The paper also claims the hackers did not access classified information

Russian and Chinese hackers accessed Foreign Office emails and internal messages in 2021, according to reports.

The i newspaper claims the attackers were able to see details of meetings and emails from ambassadors, but did not access classified information. 

Insiders at GCHQ – the UK’s intelligence, security and cyber agency – said the hacks were made possible by a staff member ‘probably accidentally’ downloading malware in an email. 

One insider said: ‘It was very embarrassing and caused great stir in government because they didn’t know whether they should admit it. 

‘It would have been an enormous amount of information. 

The i newspaper claims the attackers were able to see details of meetings and emails from ambassadors, but did not access classified information
Insiders at GCHQ ¿ the UK’s intelligence, security and cyber agency ¿ said the hacks were made possible by a staff member ‘probably accidentally’ downloading malware in an email

‘But none of it should have been classified, just daily business stuff.’ 

The Foreign Commonwealth & Development Office responded last night by saying: ‘In line with long-standing policy, we do not comment on security matters.’ 

Earlier last week, the Electoral Commission revealed hackers had accessed the addresses and names of thousands of voters in a breach discovered in 2022. ends 

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