British Labor Party targets cyber attack in the middle of the country

According to Labor leaders, no information was stolen. The formation did not specify if it had elements on the origin of the attack.

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British Labor Party leader Jeremy Corbyn at a campaign rally in Blackpool on 12 November. PHIL NOBLE / REUTERS

The Labor Party, the main British opposition party, reported on Tuesday, November 12, having been the victim of a computer attack in full campaign for the legislative of December 12. "Labor's digital platforms have been affected by a sophisticated and far-reaching cyberattack", said a spokesman for the training in a statement. And the latter to specify that the operation had failed "Thanks to the solid security system" of these platforms.

Labor Party leader Jeremy Corbyn also assured that no information was stolen from the attack, which took place on Monday. "If it's a sign of what might happen during these elections, it makes me particularly nervous", he said, during a campaign rally in Blackpool (northwestern England).

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Third legislative election in four years

Tuesday afternoon, the official site of Labor was not accessible. Asked about the possibility of a new attack, the party did not comment on these immediate difficulties. The group did not say whether it had any information on the origin of the attack, but explained that it had seized the specialized authorities.

"The Labor correctly followed the procedures in force and quickly informed us", said the National Center for Cybersecurity, for which "The incident is now closed". The institution said in a statement to have met with the main political parties last week, before the official launch of the campaign.

"The lesson we can learn from the attacks during the 2016 US election campaign or against the CDU (the ruling conservative party) in Germany is that we have to expect cyberattacks against political party systems to steal information from them ", told Agence France-Presse outgoing Conservative MP Damian Collins, who chaired the parliamentary commission on digital. He emphasized the need for parties to ensure that "Their defense systems are strong enough", because "The threat is real".

The United Kingdom is in the middle of the electoral campaign for the early elections convened on December 12 to get the country out of the Brexit impasse. With this third election in four years, conservative Prime Minister Boris Johnson hopes to regain a majority allowing him to leave his country of the European Union but the result of this bet remains very uncertain.

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