Ninety Parliament email accounts may have been compromised in a cyber attack: report
The Union Flag flies near the Houses of Parliament in London, Britain, June 7, 2017. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne

Hackers may have accessed and compromised up to 90 email accounts belonging to senior ministers and other MP's of Parliament on Saturday during a sustained attack on British servers.


According to SkyNews, hackers attacked the email server for Parliament prompting the digital security team to shut down external access to MPs and peers' email accounts.

Sources state that investigation by Parliament's digital security team is ongoing, but it currently speculates that up to 90 accounts - less than 1% of the network's 9,000 users -- were accessed.

A parliamentary spokesperson claimed that hackers carried "out a sustained and determined attack on all parliamentary user accounts in an attempt to identify weak passwords."

That attack was seen as general -- with no specific member's account targeted,