Foreign hackers managed to hack into the UK government’s secure network and gained access to a system administrator account, Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude has revealed. He described the hackers as a “state-sponsored hostile group”. According to Maude, the attack was discovered at an early stage and “dealt with to mitigate any damage”.
Maude made the comment at IA14, the UK government’s yearly held conference for cyber security and information assurance decision makers. In detail, Maude told the audience: “Those who would do us harm have been busy over the past 2 years. I can tell you of a recent case where a state-sponsored hostile group gained access to a system administrator account on the Government Secure Intranet. Fortunately this attack was discovered early and dealt with to mitigate any damage. For that – and in many other cases – we can be thankful that we have some brilliant people working to keep us safe.”