DDoS Attack Targets UK Labour Party Weeks Ahead of Election

Cybercriminals tried to take the Labour Party's digital platforms offline weeks before the election on December 12.

Dark Reading Staff, Dark Reading

November 12, 2019

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The UK's Labour Party has confirmed a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack targeted its Web services weeks ahead of a national election on December 12, party and security officials report.

Adversaries overwhelmed Labour's digital platforms with malicious traffic, according to Britain's National Cyber Security Centre, which was notified following the incident, Reuters reports. The incident was not successful, a spokesman says, and the matter is now closed. Party officials say the DDoS attempt failed due to its "robust security systems" and no data breach occurred.

It's tough to attribute DDoS attacks to a specific individual or group, and this case is no different. A source with knowledge of the investigation reports there is no evidence so far connecting a foreign state with the attack on the Labour Party. That said, officials have expressed concern to see this type of incident taking place with elections fast approaching.

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