Has Labour Really Been Hit By “Large-Scale and Sophisticated” Cyber Attack?

Last night Michael Crick spotted Labour’s centralised candidate leaflet generator had been failing for some hours, preventing PPCs from sorting out their election literature. The error message last night was:

Today was the deadline for Labour CLPs to get their freepost printing done. Could it be that a last-minute scramble has overwhelmed Labour’s servers? Overnight this has somehow mutated into a “sophisticated and large-scale cyber attack” on its digital platforms. True a lot of people logging on can seem like a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack or it could just be a lot of people trying to log on before the deadline. Guido is betting on the latter…

Labour have just put out a press release claiming:

Yesterday afternoon our security systems identified that, in a very short period of time, there were large-scale and sophisticated attacks on Labour Party platforms which had the intention of taking our systems entirely offline. Every single one of these attempts failed due to our robust security systems and the integrity of all our platforms and data was maintained.

From the party that wants to nationalise Greggs, comes ‘we can’t run a centrally operated leaflet making website effectively’. Bets on how long it takes for them to blame Russia…

UPDATE: The National Cyber Security Centre says meh

UPDATE II: Seven Labour incumbent candidates, plus Paul Mason, have now claimed this attack was caused by foreign interference despite the NCSC effectively rejecting such a conspiracy

Israel Definitely Not Behind Cyberattack On Iran

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Israel have denied having anything to do with a series of reported cyber attacks against hotels where international talks are being held on Iran’s nuclear program.

The viruses discovered at the venues by cyber-security group Kaspersky Lab are similar to the Duqu virus – a piece of malware widely believed to have been developed by the Israelis.

To clear up any misunderstanding, Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely took to the radio today and put rumours to rest – “The international reports of Israeli involvement in the matter are baseless” .

In much the same was Iran is solely  pursuing nuclear for medical and energy reasons…

94% of Councils Open to Java Cyber-Attacks

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Only 6% of councils have bothered to update Java on their computers, with 55% using a version of the software so old that Java stopped supporting it two years ago. Java is notorious for needing regular security updates and is the number one target for cyber criminals. Half of all attacks last year were aimed at the programming language software.

By continuing to run old software, councils are leaving the door open for attackers to swoop in on masses of personal data. Just click update…

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