'Cyber-attack on Parliament was probably about prestige as hackers weren't careful'

'Cyber-attack on Parliament was probably about prestige as hackers weren't careful'

Reports claim Russia conducted a cyber-attack on Parliament (Stock image)

Monday, June 26, 2017

The cyber-attack on Parliament was probably about prestige as it seems hackers weren't being careful about covering their tracks, according to a technology expert.

Some email accounts of MPs and peers were breached when a cyber-attack started on Friday (June 23). Reports claim the attack came from Russia.

Applied futurist Tom Cheesewright told Julia Hartley-Brewer that "so far we don’t know exactly what’s pointing [investigators] in that direction" of it being a Russian attack.

However, he believes those investigating may have found "a recognisable block of IP addresses, for example...if that’s the case that suggests [the hackers] probably weren’t trying to be too careful.

"The reality is what they’ve talked about, what’s been described, is not the most sophisticated attack in the world."

Cheesewright thinks this means the attack is "about prestige, a sort of 'warning shot'" which is "like the digital equivalent" of flying a war plane near another country to intimidate it.

He added that in security "human beings are the problem - you can secure the systems all you like" but "you’re always going to have weak spots where people don’t follow the rules".

Listen to the full interview above