Brexit Website May Have Been Hacked During Referendum, Say Lawmakers

A website that allowed British citizens to register their vote during the EU referendum last year may had been targeted by hacker that caused a crash on the site prior to the deadline, said a group of lawmakers in the nation Wednesday.

It applies to more than one million of the potential that applied for online registration prior to the deadline during the final two weeks of June’s voting deadline that the government extended, blaming on late rushes by younger citizens.

Recent Report Details

In a recent report, the parliament’s Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee (PACAC) stated that it didn’t remove the possibility that this crash had been caused by Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) online attack.

“PACAC is deeply concerned about these allegations about foreign interference,” the report said, mentioning that their committee didn’t think this interference affected the outcome.

Foreign Interference

Russia had been accused of attempting to influence and affect the US election in 2016, and the committee stated that it hopes to ensure that future elections as well as referendums were being monitored against cyber attacks.

“The US and UK understanding of ‘cyber’ is predominantly technical and computer-network based. For example, Russia and China use a cognitive approach based on understanding of mass psychology and of how to exploit individuals,” stated the report that was released on Wednesay.

“The implications of this different understanding of cyber-attack, as purely technical or as reaching beyond the digital to influence public opinion, for the interference in elections and referendums are clear,” it continued.

“There was no proper planning for a Leave vote so the EU referendum opened up much new controversy and left the prime minister’s credibility destroyed,” the report said.