One month before the parliamentary elections in the United Kingdom, the opposition Labor party has been the victim of a hacker attack. There has been a massive attack on the party's digital platforms on Monday, Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn said. According to the current state, no damage had been caused. "If this is a foretaste of the things that happen in the election, then I'm very nervous," said Corbyn. "For a hacker attack on a political party in a election is suspicious and something to worry about." Labor checks who could be behind the attack.
Some campaign activities were delayed, but since Tuesday morning, the normal state is reached again, it said in the message from Labor on. The incident was reported to the State Cyber Security Center, which is responsible for security in the data network as part of the GCHQ Intelligence Center.
A trusted security expert told Reuters that the attack was a rather brief and simple attempt to bring down some of the party's web pages with a flood of data. British intelligence agencies had warned that cyberattacks could be used by Russia and other states to influence the upcoming parliamentary election.
Political hacker attacks
In the UK, the election is on December 12th. According to polls, Prime Minister Boris Johnson can count on a majority. This could give him the necessary backing to get Britain's exit from the EU by the end of January 2020.
Cyber security has long been a topic in the US. According to US intelligence officials, hackers of the Russian military intelligence service GRU had invaded Democratic Party networks in the 2016 US presidential election campaign. In the process, they had received documents and e-mails that were later published to distress Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
Concerned about a foreign influence on the election, Facebook and Twitter have in a joint action deleted accounts, pages and groups that have represented political interests of Iran and Russia.