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Cyberattack on U.K.'s Electoral Registers Revealed

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The Electoral Commission said it had taken steps to secure its systems against future attacks, including by updating its login requirements, alert system, and firewall policies.

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The U.K.'s Electoral Commission disclosed a "complex cyberattack" in which "hostile actors" accessed copies of the electoral registers from August 2021, potentially impacting millions of voters.

The election regulator said the perpetrators also penetrated its emails and "control systems," although the attack was not uncovered until last October.

The commission said it was retaining the registers the hackers accessed for research and to vet political donors.

The information held at the time of the breach included the names and addresses of U.K. residents who registered to vote between 2014 and 2022, as well as the names of overseas voters.

The commission said it secured the compromised systems after the attack's detection in October 2022.

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