Imogen Howse reports:
Russia is suspected to have been behind a cyber attack which exposed the data of tens of millions of voters in the UK, raising fears it was an attempt to undermine democracy.
The Electoral Commission admitted on Tuesday (8 August) that hackers had been able to access reference copies of electoral registers from between the years 2014 and 2022 – files which contained the names and addresses of the 40 million people registered to vote during that timeframe.
While the security breach was only made public on Tuesday (8 August), it first took place all the way back in August 2021. However, shockingly, it was more than a year before anyone noticed the cyber-attack had happened – with reports to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) and National Crime Agency only made in October 2022.
Read more at NationalWorld.