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US Government: Hacking

Question for Cabinet Office

UIN HL11908, tabled on 7 January 2021

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the hacking of government department emails in the United States in December 2020; and whether they have identified who was responsible for that hacking.

Answered on

21 January 2021

Her Majesty's Government is acutely aware of the cyber security risks associated with the use of third-party digital services and software. The contracting authority for the procurement of any such product or service is responsible for assessing and managing that risk.

The reported compromise is a complex, global cyber incident, and the Government is working with international partners to understand its scale and assess any UK impact. As the investigation into this incident is ongoing I cannot comment on any operational details.

The National Cyber Security Centre has published guidance on their website.

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Cabinet Office