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Corbyn ‘very worried’ after ‘cyber attack’ on Labour

Hackers hit Labour with a "very serious cyber attack" on the party's digital platforms, Jeremy Corbyn has announced.

He said it was "suspicious" and "something one is very worried about" after the Distributed Denial of Service (DDOS) targeting began late on Monday.

The Labour leader reassured people that "so far as we're aware none of our information was downloaded" but the attack had been reported to the National Cyber Security Centre.

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"As to who undertook the attack, we're looking into all that at the moment," he added, speaking during a campaign event in Blackpool.

Mr Corbyn cautioned that "if this is a sign of things to come in this election, I feel very nervous", and after the 2017 cyber attack on the NHS "we do need far better defensive arrangements".

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Earlier, Labour's general secretary Jennie Formby emailed all staff to tell them of the "large-scale and sophisticated attacks".

"Every single one of these attempts failed due to our robust security systems and the integrity of all our platforms and data was maintained," she said.

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Sky News' technology correspondent Rowland Manthorpe explained what happens in a DDOS attack.

"It involves bombarding websites or digital services with large numbers of traffic until they collapse.

Labour faced a cyber attack, it said
Image: Labour says the 'cyber attack' failed

"The important thing to know about this is this is not an extremely cunning, sophisticated kind of attack – it's crude, it's brute force, it's actually quite easy to do.

"This is, as far as cyber attacks go, the equivalent of a hammer, rather than a scalpel.

"This is not the kind of surgical attack which nation-state actors tend to be known for, this is nasty internet vandalism of a brute-force kind."

A National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) source has said the cyber attack on Labour was low level and there was no evidence of sponsored activity.

An NCSC spokesperson told Sky News: "The NCSC has worked closely with political parties for several years on how to protect and defend against cyber attacks. We met the major parties last week ahead of the General Election.

"In terms of this incident, the Labour Party followed the correct, agreed procedures and notified us swiftly.

"The NCSC is confident the party took the necessary steps to deal with the attack. The attack was not successful and the incident is now closed."

Labour frontbencher Luke Pollard tweeted his thanks to people working in party headquarters for their swift response.

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