A British minister’s Gmail account has been hacked and the details of his email has been published online, the Guardian newspaper has reported.
A person using the name ‘Pauline’ has taken credit for the hack, the newspaper reported.
The attack follows a recent string of hacking attacks on ministers and public figures including the hacking of the personal email of US President Donald Trump, as well as an attack on British politician Boris Johnson, according to the newspaper.
“We were told that Pauline was in the US for a couple of weeks and that she had a number of emails with us,” a spokesman for the British Foreign Office told the newspaper, without elaborating.
“Pauline is a very senior member of the Cabinet and therefore we were informed that she has a number.
We have been unable to access them.”
The spokesman said the department did not have access to the account, adding that he did not know who was behind the attack.
“However, we are investigating this matter.
We are in touch with Pauline’s team to see what further steps they might take in the coming days,” the spokesman said.
A spokesman for Pauline said: “I am very sorry about the breach of my email.
The information that has been leaked on the internet is incorrect.
A spokesman at Microsoft said it was “deeply concerned” about the incident and had contacted the UK’s Computer Crime Unit.””
There is absolutely no risk of this information being released.”
A spokesman at Microsoft said it was “deeply concerned” about the incident and had contacted the UK’s Computer Crime Unit.
“The information released by the UK Government is false and we will work with the British Government to ensure that this information is correctly handled,” he said.
The BBC has contacted Pauline for comment.