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UK parliament hacked, MPs' email target

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Hackers attempted to break into the servers used by the British Parliament, part of an apparent effort to gain access to the personal email accounts used by politicians and their staff.

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British security officials closed off outside access to servers in order to head off the hackers.

"The Houses of Parliament have discovered unauthorised attempts to access parliamentary user accounts," said a spokeswoman for the House of Commons, BBC reports.

"We are continuing to investigate this incident and take further measures to secure the computer network."

The spokeswoman added: "We have systems in place to protect member and staff accounts and are taking the necessary steps to protect our systems. Parliament has disabled remote access to protect the network."

Lawmakers first learned of the hack Friday night. It is not clear who is behind it. The U.K.'s National Cyber Security Centre, a branch of the Government Communications Headquarters, is investigating the incident.

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