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What caused the Labour Party cyber attack?

The Labour Party has said it experienced a “sophisticated and large-scale cyber attack” on its digital platforms, which was later revealed to be a DDoS attack.

A Labour source confirmed that the attack was DDoS in nature, meaning that the perpetrator attempted to cause its digital platforms to crash by flooding them with so much traffic from various sources that services struggle to load properly.


UK and US accuse Russian hackers of disguising themselves as Iranian spies to attack 35 countries

Russian hackers disguised themselves as Iranian hackers to launch a cyber attack targeting government and industry organisations in 35 countries, British and US officials announced in a joint statement.

As part of the campaign, the Russian hacking group known as “Turla” used Iranian tools and infrastructure and employed the same techniques used by hacking groups associated with the Islamic Republic.

The group extracted sensitive documents and assets from a range of sectors and organisations, including a ‘large cluster’ based in the Middle East, officials said.


Tech giants pressure GCHQ to axe plans to eavesdrop on encrypted chats

Apple, Google and WhatsApp have joined others in warning the idea could threaten security and trust Tech giants including Apple, Google and WhatsApp have urged GCHQ to abandon a proposal that would allow it to eavesdrop on encrypted chat conversations. More than 50 companies, civil society organisations and security experts have united to voice concern… Read More


Govt should name and shame cybersecurity negligence, say academics

Kings College London academics say naming and shaming will incentivise private sector firms to combat cybercrime In the UK almost half of businesses and one-fifth of charities were subject to a cybersecurity breach or attack in 2017, and official figures suggest a UK resident is more likely to be a victim of cybercrime or fraud… Read More