The official used an unprotected personal email for government issues.
Russian hackers were able to take possession of 451 page important information by hacking personal emails of ex-Minister of trade of great Britain Liam Fox. Data that directly relate to public Affairs, posted online.
The hacker’s goal was the information about trade negotiations of great Britain with the United States. And the email account of conservative Fox was attacked by hackers several times in the period from 12 July to 21 October 2019.
Hackers used “spear phishing” — a technique popular among experts from the Russian Federation. In this method of hacking the object sent seemingly plausible e-mails which asks you to click on an attached file. It contains malicious code intended to provide access to or control over the victim’s computer.
With Fox being a member of the conservative claim to the post of Director General of the world trade organization (WTO). Therefore, the issue of cyber security is especially important.
Sources at Whitehall indicated that the documents were obtained by hackers in breach of the personal, but not parliamentary or Ministerial account. Rival of the labour party, in this regard, asked why the Fox made use of unprotected personal email for government issues.
Data of correspondence leaked to the Internet. In particular, they were posted on the social network Reddit.