Spooks warned of election gaming Russians

After successfully convincing the US public to vote for a bloke who owes his friends money, Tsar Vladimir Putin is working out a way to game the coming Euro elections to get his favourite candidates elected.

Britain’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), part of the GCHQ spying agency has warned political parties to protect themselves against potential cyber-attacks.

A letter from NCSC head Ciaran Martin said that after the problems in the United States, Germany and elsewhere reminding us of the potential for hostile action against the UK political system.

“Attacks against our democratic processes go beyond (political parties) and can include attacks on parliament, constituency offices, think tanks and pressure groups and individuals’ email accounts,” it said.

The NCSC did not confirm that the main cybersecurity risk was Russia, but it was possible to guess, reading between the lines.

Foreign minister Boris Johnson said: “We have no evidence that the Russians are actually involved in trying to undermine our democratic processes at the moment… but what we do have is plenty of evidence that the Russians are capable of doing that. And there is no doubt that they’ve been up to all sorts of dirty tricks,” he told ITV television’s “Peston on Sunday”.

The French government this month dropped plans to let its citizens abroad vote electronically in legislative elections in June because of concern about the risk of cyber-attacks.