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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Anonymous says it hacked the British Parliament during November 5 protest

Anonymous hackers claim to have breached the systems of the British Parliament during the protests that took place on November 5.

The hacktivists have told The Register that they obtained a password for the Parliament’s Wi-Fi network from a website set up for a conference. The publication has confirmed that the password in question is publicly available, but it hasn’t disclosed its location.

The hackers claim that they’ve used the password to connect to the government’s Wi-Fi from outside the building. Once they gained access to the network, the hacktivists allegedly hijacked several devices, including computers and iPads.

They also say they’ve gained access to email servers from which they’ve retrieved user login details. In addition, they presumably launched a distributed denial-of-service (DDOS) attack against the Parliament’s website.

Government representatives have confirmed seeing heavier traffic than usual on November 5. However, they’ve stated that the Parliament’s secure network and applications haven’t been breached.

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