Labour suffers from large scale cyber attack across digital platforms

  • The Labour party said today it has experienced a “sophisticated and large-scale cyber-attack” on its digital systems from an unknown source. 

    However the political party ensured there was no data breach, as a party spokeswoman said: “We took swift action and these attempts failed due to our robust security systems. The integrity of all our platforms was maintained and we are confident that no data breach occurred."

    The attack took place on Monday, according to party officials that have reported the attack to the National Cyber Security Centre; the government agency that supports and advises organisations on such incidents.

    Labour has not revealed exactly which digital platforms were targeted, but it is understood by The Guardian that some of them were election and campaigning tools, which would contain details about voters.

    The party has sent a message to campaigners to explain what happened, and to explain why the systems were working slowly on Monday.

    The same spokeswoman added: “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."

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