ISIS-linked hackers have accessed senior UK officials’ accounts

ISIS-linked hackers have accessed senior UK officials’ accounts
Islamic State peaceniks pose with shahada. Image source: www.bbc.com

[Ed. – Forget zip codes — the wheels haven’t been on the same continent as the bus for a long time now.]

Jihadists in Syria have hacked into ministerial email accounts in a sophisticated espionage operation uncovered by GCHQ, the Telegraph can disclose.

An investigation by the intelligence agency has discovered that extremists linked to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) have been targeting information held by some of David Cameron’s most senior ministers, including Theresa May, the Home Secretary.

It is understood that at least one of the plot’s ringleaders was killed by a drone strike in an operation disclosed by the Prime Minister this week.

By hacking into the private offices of senior ministers, the extremists could have discovered events that government figures and members of the Royal family were expected to attend. …

The recent cyber threat first emerged in a warning to Whitehall security officials in May and it is understood that the plans to attack Britain were exposed by the GCHQ investigation.

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