Britain, Germany brace for cyber attacks
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MONDAY, MAY 8, 2017 LONDON: Britain and Germany are beefing up cyber security ahead of key elections even before the hacking attack on France’s Emmanuel Macron, months after Hillary Clinton was caught in the online crosshairs.
Taking note of the events in the US and France, intelligence authorities in Britain and Germany are taking steps to prevent cyber attacks ahead of their own hotlycontested elections.
For cyber security expert Ewan Lawson, political parties are easy targets because they “quite often do not have particularly robust cyber security”.
“They are not-for-profit and do not have a lot of money to throw at the problem,” he said. “So, I think we could reasonably expect to see data breaches and theft.”
Britain’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) said it was on “high alert” the day after Prime Minister Theresa May surprised the country last month by calling for a general election on June 8.
NCSC convened the United Kingdom’s main political parties to a “technical seminar” in March to provide them with practical steps to reduce the risk, as well as advise on incident management.
German authorities had taken similar steps ahead of September’s general election.
Arne Schoenbohm, president of Germany’s Federal Office for Information Security, had said in March that government networks were attacked “on a daily basis”.
She said as a precaution, the BSI approached election officials and political parties to discuss how they could protect themselves.
Germany had been facing “increasingly aggressive cyber espionage”, as well as “further attacks”, domestic intelligence chief Hans-Georg Maassen said on Thursday. AFP