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Labour is hit with ‘sophisticated and large scale cyber attack’

Labour claims it is victim of ‘sophisticated and large-scale cyber attack’ aimed at ‘taking its campaign offline’

Labour today complained it had been hit with a ‘sophisticated and large scale cyber attack’.

Jeremy Corbyn’s party said its digital platforms had been targeted and it had reported the matter to the National Cyber Security Centre.

However, a spokeswoman said the strike had ‘failed’ because of ‘robust security systems’ and the party is confident that no data breach occurred.  

The claim emerged as Labour tries to heap pressure on the government over a report by the Intelligence and Security Committee into Russian meddling in the UK electoral system.

The party has accused ministers of delaying publication of the assessment until after December 12 to avoid embarrassment over the conduct of the 2016 referendum. 

Jeremy Corbyn pictured in Islington after attending a Remembrance service yesterday  

It is unclear exactly what platforms were involved in the hacking attempt. 

Labour’s main website, Facebook, and Twitter feed still seemed to be functioning today.  

A statement from the 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. 

‘The integrity of all our platforms was maintained and we are confident that no data breach occurred.

‘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.’

Labour's main website, Facebook, and Twitter feed still seemed to be functioning today

Labour’s main website, Facebook, and Twitter feed still seemed to be functioning today

 

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