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Leicester City Docs Leaked, British MPs Sent ‘Alluring’ Missives in Honeytrap Attacks: News Briefs

A ransomware attack is behind the leak of two dozen Leicester City Council documents containing sensitive data and a senior Tory MP admits leaking colleagues' phone numbers, part of a larger honeytrap sext scandal.

Around 25 Leicester City Council documents have been published by a ransomware group, following an attack last month.

According to a statement, Richard Sword, Leicester City Council's strategic director of city developments and neighbourhoods, the documents are confidential and include rent statements, applications to purchase council housing and identification documents such as passport information.

“At this stage we are not able to say with certainty whether other documents have been extracted from our systems, however we believe it is very possible that they have,” Sword said.

The council said it is in the process of contacting those people it has identified as being affected, and that it is working alongside cybersecurity experts to investigate what data has been accessed or copied and lifted from its files.

Senior Tory MP admits to being 'honeytrapped' 

A number of British MPs and officials have received ‘alluring’ personalized messages and explicit images in what is believed to be an attempt to compromise them.

According to Politico, nearly a dozen men in political circles have received similar messages, which included personalized references to the victims' appearances at political events and social events, and in several cases explicit photos were also sent.

Politico said one honeytrap victim was William Wragg, chairman of the Commons public administration committee, who shared personal phone numbers of colleagues with a man on a dating app who claimed he “had compromising things" on Wragg. 

In similar attacks, the honeytrap criminal used near-identical language with other MPs, claiming they and their target previously “had a little flirt.” In four cases, the sender quickly turned the conversation sexual with the explicit images sent.

According to reports, the sender often displayed extensive knowledge of their target and their movements within the narrow world of Westminster politics.

Experts said the attacks were not sophisticated, but could probably be considered some form of honeytrap, and while innocuous now, could be set to compromise the victim at a later stage.

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