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

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

Passwords belonging to British politicians, officials and elderly police officers have been sold 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 organization, 7,000 police employees and more than 1,000 Foreign Office staff, were in the troves sold or swapped on Russian-speaking spoofing sites.

The majority of the passwords are said to have been compromised in a 2012 hacking raid 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 defence advice has been highlighted to districts in light of the discovery by the Times.

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

The warning was repeated 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 applied advice that parties should change their passwords, he told. Anybody who is no longer consuming the password will not have had their report breached.

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