Parliamentarians Warned of Cyber Phishing Surge

Joe Connolly, the security geek in parliament’s digital service, has just sent an email to all MPs and staff warning that

A large number of fraudulent emails have been sent to Parliamentary email addresses today.  … These ‘phishing’ emails look authentic, as if they relate to invoices, payments or transfers. They are designed to persuade you to click on a link in the email or to open a Word attachment which will then deploy extremely malicious software onto your machine.  Please be aware that criminals are targeting parliamentary email addresses and look out for any emails of this kind. Some users have also received fraudulent phone calls (from callers claiming to work for companies like Microsoft) in which they have been asked to disclose personal information or to grant the caller remote access to their computer.

Shouldn’t be a problem, Parliamentary staff are well used to dealing with sophisticated liars…

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Dr Alexander Kogan, the app developer who originally harvested the Facebook data, said…

“I think what Cambridge Analytica has tried to sell is magic and made claims this is incredibly accurate and it tells you everything there is to tell about you. But I think the reality is it’s not that. If you sit down and you really work through the statistics and you think what does a correlation of point three means, those claims quickly fall apart. And that’s something any person with a statistical background can go and do.”


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