General election 2019: Labour Party evades cyber-attack on online platforms
The Labour Party has revealed that it had successfully overcome a cyber-attack targeted at its website and digital platforms, exactly one month before the UK General Elections is set to take place.
Labour says it defeated the hackers in what appeared to be an attempt to steal data, and the incident was reported to the National Cyber Security Centre.
The party also adds that the cybercriminals failed because their “robust” security system and added that no data breach had occurred.
However, a different picture was painted by the Times who reported that the Labour party published the names of people who had sent the party donations through its website – caused by an alleged security error.
The report then went on to mention that the data included donors’ first names, the amount they contributed and when they made the contribution – which labour denies.
A Labour spokesperson told the Evening Standard that the integrity of all its platforms was maintained and the party is confident that no data breach occurred.
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“This morning’s ‘failed’ cyber-attack on the Labour Party underscores the fact that we are living in an era where political attacks are business as usual for cybercriminals,” said Terry Greer-King, VP EMEA at SonicWall.
“Breaching a political organisation for the purpose of compromising personal information or even blackmail tampers with the political fabric of a nation and potentially tampers with democratic processes.
“Despite the apparent ‘failure’, today’s attack once again raises important questions around the upcoming election. Any vulnerabilities within political parties will be ruthlessly exploited, hindering and possibly manipulating their information and systems.
“Today’s trustworthy security solutions should empower government agencies and political parties, like Labour in this instance, to consistently meet cybersecurity safeguarding requirements and procedures, and implement layered security solutions to block attackers at every step of the way.”
The 2019 United Kingdom general election will be held under the provisions of the Early Parliamentary General Election Act 2019 on Thursday 12 December 2019, two and a half years after the previous general election in June 2017.
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