GCHQ is warning about Russia threat to UK elections

  • Roman Šulc
  • 18.3.2017 16:33

The Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), a British intelligence agency, has notified members of parliament on 12 March about the threat of Russian cyber attacks during the next parliamentary elections. The warning letters were distributed in effort to strengthen the political system against foreign hackers. Ciaran Martin, the chief executive of GCHQ's National Cyber Security Centre, also stressed that computer networks of political parties aren't the only endangered asset, as state administration, think tanks, pressure groups and individuals are also potential targets.

United Kingdom's foreign secretary Boris Johnson, who has touched topic of elections protection, said that the British administration has so far no evidence that Russian federation is attempting to disrupt democratic processes in the UK by cyber attacks, albeit Russia certainly has the needed capacities to do so, with cases in point being the French TV5 Monde cyber attack and the hacking campaign during the US presidential elections. Efforts to minimise foreign influence on elections are also present in other European countries like France, Germany, Netherlands and the Czech Republic.

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