Did Russia or China hack the Brexit vote?
Still struggling to explain:
- Why a voter registration website they spent £millions on couldn’t cope with people trying to use it, and
- How spreading lies and misinformation to the British public led to an outcome they never dreamed of,
the UK Government has now released a report saying the reason their EU Referendum voter registration website crashed on 7th June 2016, 100 minutes before the registration deadline, could have been due to Russian or Chinese hackers.
It’s the new norm folks, in this current world of Fake News… If you don’t like how something has worked out, blame the Russians.
The report by the Commons public administration and constitutional affairs committee (PACAC), released today, says:
“The crash had indications of being a DDOS ‘attack’. We understand that this is very common and easy to do with botnets,”
“The key indicants are timing and relative volume rate.”
Please excuse us whilst we wipe up the coffee we just spat out all over the keyboard. How about your website crashed because it wasn’t up to the job? Timing and relative volume rate? How about people realised they were running out of time to register and did what plenty of people do… leave it until the last minute?
PACACs Scratching-Around-For-Anything-To-Blame™ continues…
“The US and UK understanding of ‘cyber’ is predominantly technical and computer network-based.
“For example, Russia and China use a cognitive approach based on understanding of mass psychology and of how to exploit individuals.
“The implications of this different understanding of cyber-attack, as purely technical or as reaching beyond the digital to influence public opinion, for the interference in elections and referendums are clear.
“PACAC is deeply concerned about these allegations about foreign interference.”
According to various media reports, the Cabinet Office said there was “no evidence to suggest malign intervention”.
So there you are… Our website crashed. We don’t know why. We have absolutely no evidence to suggest it was hacked. The crash didn’t affect anything. But we have to blame someone. The Russians did it.
These are the people you vote for.