Jake Moore, Cybersecurity Specialist at ESET:
“In the run up to a general election, political parties become an even bigger target than usual. Attacks may not necessarily come from within the opposition, but more likely from someone trying to either raise awareness, or simply make noise. If this attack had been more successful, it could have had some rather embarrassing results, but it still stands as a warning to all political parties to raise their awareness and add even more robust multi-layered protection.
It is likely that all of the political parties will continue to be targeted during the campaign period, but members of these organisations must remember to stay vigilant, and not be so quick to click. Staff should receive regular cybersecurity training at a time like this, as if an attack was to get through and start exposing or encrypting data, it could have serious consequences beyond just network damage.”