Labour Party fall victim to Cyber-Attack amidst General Election Campaign

It has been announced that the Labour Party has fallen victim to a “sophisticated and large-scale cyber-attack” on its digital platforms.

In a recent letter sent to Labour campaigners, the party’s executive director of elections and campaigns, Niall Sookoo, said: “Yesterday afternoon our security systems identified that, in a very short period of time, there were large-scale and sophisticated attacks on Labour Party platforms which had the intention of taking our systems entirely offline.

“Every single one of these attempts failed due to our robust security systems and the integrity of all our platforms and data was maintained.

“I would like to pay tribute to all the teams at Labour HQ who identified this risk and acted quickly to protect us.”

The problem has been reported to the National Cyber Security Centre

The spokesperson for the Labour Party said: “We have experienced a sophisticated and large-scale cyber-attack on Labour digital platforms. We took swift action and these attempts failed due to our robust security systems.

“Our security procedures have slowed down some of our campaign activities, but these were restored this morning and we are back up to full speed. We have reported the matter to the National Cyber Security Centre.

”Labour is out campaigning hard both on and offline for a Labour government that will bring the real change our country needs.”

DDoS attacks

DDoS aims to overwhelm a computer server with traffic in an attempt to take it offline and cause the software to crash. These are often carried out by a network of computers and botnets that are hijacked. The owners of these devices may not be aware that their equipment has been hijacked.

In many cases, DDoS attacks are not recognised as hacks as they do not involve breaking into a target’s systems to insert malware. Their size and levels of complexity can vary and may be used as a distraction while larger attacks are carried out. Although numerous companies implement DDoS attack prevention services, this can be costly.

The attack comes ahead of the general election on 12th December. In this campaign, all political parties are relying on digital methods to bring together activists and supporters to help spread their message.

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