Hackers targeted the British Parliament's email system in an apparent attempt to obtain access to hundreds of accounts used by Member's of Parliament (MP), Lords and their staff, according to a spokesperson's statement provided to "The Independent."
“We are continuing to investigate this incident and take further measures to secure the computer network, liaising with the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC)," the statement continued.
Liberal Democrat Chris Rennard confirmed the attack on Twitter on Saturday morning.
Sorry no parliamentary email access today - we're under cyber attack from Kim Jong Un, Putin or a kid in his mom's basement or something...— Henry Smith MP (@HenrySmithUK) June 24, 2017
MP Henry Smith added a splash of humor to the incident.
Measures have since been taken to protect the government accounts, including changes to the system to prevent access, shutting down access to emails and unspecified services via cellphone.
"We will continue to keep Members of both House of Parliament and the public updated as the situation develops," the Commons press office tweeted Saturday afternoon.