A “botnet with IPs on every continent” launched assault on Labour’s servers – BBC response was attempt at humour
On Tuesday, a ‘very serious’ mass – and international – cyber-attack was launched on the Labour Party’s computer systems. The attack was designed to completely disable Labour’s systems during the general election period – and in spite of Labour’s protective systems blunting the worst of the assault, it still had significant effect.
The BBC’s Norman Smith responded, not with comments about the worrying nature of an incident aimed at hobbling one of the UK’s major parties during an election – and the party challenging the status quo – but with a quip:
Smith was ‘quote-tweeting’ the Mirror’s Pippa Crerar, who also questioned the significance of the attack – and seemed to suggest Labour was using it as a distraction.
But Sky tech correspondent Rowland Manthorpe gave the mockers short shrift.
First, Manthorpe turned his fire on the failure of journalists to recognise the seriousness of the incident:
Then he detailed the frightening scale of the attack – and its international nature:
Finally he schooled his flippantly ignorant fellow journalists on how such classifications really work:
The real facts of the matter are clear. With Labour already starting to surge in the polls, someone – someone with access to ‘a botnet with IPs on every continent’ – tried to shut down Labour’s systems the critical and volatile general election period.
At least one journalist treated the incident with the gravity it deserved. Others – well, less so.
As with Boris Johnson’s enormous mess on Remembrance Sunday, it’s easy to imagine how different that reaction might have been had it been the other party involved.
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