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Trade body techUK serves up tech-focused manifesto

Unless you have been living under a rock for the last few weeks, you will have noticed that the UK election race is heating up.

With the Conservative Party unveiling its (relatively anaemic) manifesto over the weekend, all three of the UK’s major political parties have released their policy pledges and priorities should they be victorious on December 12.


Labour vows to review the UK’s cyber security defences 

The Labour Party has vowed to overhaul the country’s cybersecurity with the creation of a co-ordinating minister and a review of the National Cyber Security Centre’s role. The party’s manifesto also commits to introducing a Charter of Digital Rights to protect children online. In its 2019 manifesto, the party warned that services such as the NHS, nuclear facilities, transport systems and communications networks are vulnerable to cyberattacks as we become more dependent on digital technology.


What caused the Labour Party cyber attack?

The Labour Party has said it experienced a “sophisticated and large-scale cyber attack” on its digital platforms, which was later revealed to be a DDoS attack.

A Labour source confirmed that the attack was DDoS in nature, meaning that the perpetrator attempted to cause its digital platforms to crash by flooding them with so much traffic from various sources that services struggle to load properly.


Election campaigns being monitored warns data regulator

The Information Commissioner’s Office has written to 13 main parties to remind that their campaign activity is being monitored. Political parties have been warned that the data regulator will be watching over their General Election campaigning activity to ensure it stays within the law.


UK and US accuse Russian hackers of disguising themselves as Iranian spies to attack 35 countries

Russian hackers disguised themselves as Iranian hackers to launch a cyber attack targeting government and industry organisations in 35 countries, British and US officials announced in a joint statement.

As part of the campaign, the Russian hacking group known as “Turla” used Iranian tools and infrastructure and employed the same techniques used by hacking groups associated with the Islamic Republic.

The group extracted sensitive documents and assets from a range of sectors and organisations, including a ‘large cluster’ based in the Middle East, officials said.


US officials reveal secret cyber strike against Iran

The US executed a cyber attack against Iran following the September 14 attacks on Saudi Arabia’s oil facilities, according to a report.

Speaking anonymously to Reuters, two US officials speaking under anonymity confirmed the secret operation took place in late September and was aimed at stymying Tehran’s propaganda efforts in the wake of the attack.

Iran is known to use a host of websites to spread pro-state messaging in a global propaganda operation that cyber security experts and social media giants are beginning to uncover.


MPs want more clarity over penalties for improper use of drones and their proposed risk

The Government is being urged to set out plans to integrate drones into society and allay concerns over public safety and privacy. More must be done to understand the risks posed by drones to public safety and privacy, with clearer penalties, the Government has been told by a group of MPs.


Rulers in China unhappy with Apple over app that monitors police movements

Apple became the latest company targeted for Chinese pressure over protests in Hong Kong after the ruling Communist Party’s main newspaper criticised the tech giant for a smartphone app that allows activists to report police movements.


TikTok bans paid political adverts

TikTok has decided not to allow paid political adverts on its platform, as the 2020 US election fast approaches.

The video-driven social media app has made the move amid increased scrutiny over political advertising on other social networks, particularly Facebook.

TikTok attracts millions of people across the world, mostly younger users, making it a potential target to reach first-time voters.


Brad Smith says age of self-regulation in tech is over

The president of Microsoft has said the age of self-regulation is over for the technology industry, but new rules imposed on the sector must be not introduced for the sake of restricting big companies.

Brad Smith told the PA news agency there must be “thought and balance” to how any new rules are implemented in order to fix specific problems in the sector.


Irish gov’t admits cyber security department struck by ransomware attack

The Irish communications minister has revealed that his department, which is responsible for protecting the state from cyber attacks, fended off a ransomware attack last year.

Richard Bruton admitted to the 2018 breach on the Department of Communications, Climate Action and the Environment’s IT systems in response to a parliamentary question from Fianna Fail defence spokesperson Jack Chambers, who questioned why the government’s National Cyber Security Centre was headed by Bruton’s department despite it lacking any security, defence or intelligence credential


Estonia curbs state use of Huawei 5G technology

Estonia is set to restrict the use of equipment and technology from Chinese telecom giant Huawei in its government sector.

Officials in the country, which is one of Europe’s most wired and technologically advanced nations, cited security concerns and recommendations by the US, a key Nato ally.



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