Hackers have hit the UK’s political parties to back-to-back cyber-attacks

LONDON (Reuters) – Hackers have hit on great Britain’s two main political parties, with a back-to-back cyber-attacks on Tuesday, sources told Reuters, attempting to force political web sites offline with a flood of malicious traffic, and only a few weeks before a national election.

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The attacks come after the british security services have warned that in Russia and in other parts of the world, to try to disrupt the Nov. 12 votes, with a cyber-attack or a controversial political messages on social media, a charge that Moscow denies.

The opposition Labour y said on Tuesday morning, and had the experience of a cutting-edge, large-scale cyber attack on the Work, digital platforms,”, but the fact that the attack was repelled, and no data was compromised.

A few hours later, the party’s web site and other on-line services came to a second digital aerial bombardment, followed by a third attack on the website of the ruling Conservative y, shortly before 1600 GMT, according to two people with knowledge of the facts and the documents, which will be seen by Billions.

The sources said that at present there is nothing to link the attacks to one of the parties is a foreign state.

One of the sources said that the attack on the Cda, was larger and seemed to be carried out by several different hackers, but not all, of the websites of third parties.

On the second attack, a Labour spokesman said: “We have to have continuous security for the protection of our platforms, so that users will be able to, there are a number of differences. We will have to deal with it quickly and efficiently.”

A Conservative y spokeswoman had no immediate comment and said she was not aware of the attack.


Britain goes to the polls on Nov. 12. in an election by the prime Minister, Boris Johnson, to try to break down the Brexit deadlock in the parliament for more than three years since the country voted to leave the European Union.

The National Cyber Security Center, part of the GCHQ signals intelligence agency, has said that the first attack is on the Labour market, it was a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack is a technique used by hackers in order to web sites by overwhelming them with traffic.

The sources said, the same technique was used in the subsequent attacks on Labour and the Conservatives.

“Denial-of-service attacks are a common form of attack that is used by a wide range of security threats. The mitigation techniques are available and can be worked with, in this case,” a spokesperson for the NCSC said.

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The nature of these attacks makes it difficult to attribute responsibility to a particular group, ” he said.

The Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, said that the attack on the party was successfully repelled by the part of the defense system of the cyber attack, started on Monday.

“But if this is a sign of what’s to come in this year, and I’m really nervous about it,” he said. “Because of a cyber attack against a political party in the election of the defendant, and that it is of great concern.”

Reporting by Costas Pitas, Elizabeth Piper, and Jack Stubbs; editing by Guy Faulconbridge, Angus MacSwan and Lisa Shumaker

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