Cyberattack hits Labour Party ahead of election

13 Novembre, 2019, 13:21 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
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A Labour spokesperson said on Tuesday that the attempts had ultimately been made in vain due to the party's "robust security systems", but that the efforts to contain the attack did slow-down the party's campaigning activities.

"So far as we are aware, none of our information was downloaded and the attack was actually repulsed because we have an effective in-house developed system by people within our party".

Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn called the timing of the cyberattacks "suspicious" while speaking to reporters Tuesday.

But Niall Sookoo, the party's executive director of elections and campaigns, sent out a mass email yesterday to supporters saying that whoever was behind the cyber attack "had the intention of taking our systems entirely offline", according to the BBC. "The integrity of all our platforms was maintained and we are confident that no data breach occurred", the spokesperson said.

Britain's security services have warned about the risk of cyberattacks by Russian Federation and other countries, including during elections, when both the country's main parties launch online campaigns to target their messages to the voting public.

Labour said it reported Monday's incident to the National Cyber Security Centre - a part of intelligence agency GCHQ which monitors and works to protect security systems.

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"DDoS attacks are a common form of attack used by a very wide range of attackers".

"Attribution for this problem here right now will be very hard, except if a group comes out and says they are responsible - it's going to be very hard to attribute the attack to any particular person", he said. "Mitigation techniques are available and worked in this case", a NCSC spokesman said.

"A cyber attack, as happened in 2017 against our NHS, is something that is incredibly risky to the health records and the healthcare and treatment of potentially millions of people, and so we do need far better defensive arrangements against cyber attacks made against us", he said.

The report by Parliament's Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC) had been cleared by the security services - but it has not yet been given approval for publication by Johnson's administration.

The 14 point lead is the strongest for the Conservatives since a Times poll of October 30th, the day Parliament voted to hold the December general election, and the 42 point share is the highest outright score for the Prime Minister since he became Conservative leader.

Having previously threatened to run upwards of 600 candidates, about 300 party loyalists and would-be parliamentary contenders have been dropped - a move that angered many as they prepared their campaigns. "We are dealing with this quickly and efficiently".

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