Spies warn democratic processes at risk
Spies at GCHQ have called an emergency summit with Britain’s political parties after warning them that they are at risk of Russian cyber-attacks disrupting the next general election.
Security sources say GCHQ now regards protecting the political system from foreign hackers as “priority work”. They fear that Kremlin-backed hackers could steal and leak internal emails or publish private databases of voters’ political views in an attempt to damage the standing of political parties with the public.
Spy chiefs stepped in after Russia was accused of helping Donald Trump win the US presidential election by hacking and publishing 20,000 emails from the rival Democratic Party.
Russia was also accused of infiltrating the German parliament’s computer network in 2015. The head of German intelligence recently accused Russia of seeking to influence the results of this year’s federal elections through “aggressive cyber-espionage”.
UK political parties at risk from Russian cyber-attacks, GCHQ warns
‘Attacks against our democratic processes… can include attacks on Parliament, constituency offices, think tanks and pressure groups and individuals’ email accounts’
The Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) has warned the leaders of Britain’s political parties of the threat Russian hacking poses to democracy.
An emergency summit has been called to educate politicians on the cyber-security threat to the next election, after Kremlin spies were accused of carrying out cyber-attacks to tamper with elections in the US and Germany.
GCHQ warns politicians about Russian hacking threat
Attacks by Russian hackers could threaten British democracy, GCHQ has warned politicians.
The spy agency’s computer security chief has written to political parties offering advice on preventing hacks, according to The Sunday Times.
US intelligence officials have accused the Kremlin of using cyber-attacks to influence the November election.
But Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said there was so far no evidence of successful attacks in the UK.