A committee investigation has not ruled out a foreign cyber attack in the downing of the Register to Vote website two weeks before the Brexit vote.
A report from the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee (PACAC), published on Wednesday, highlighted that there could have been a foreign-led distributed denial of service (DDOS) attack on the European Union referendum site, causing it to crash on 7th June 2016.
While they conclude that if it did happen, it was unlikely that it affected the referendum result, the report insists that the government improve cybersecurity to protect future votes.
"PACAC is deeply concerned about these allegations about foreign interference," the report concluded.
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We do not rule out the possibility that there was foreign interference in the EU referendum caused by a DDOS (distributed denial of service attack) using botnets, though we do not believe that any such interference had any material effect on the outcome of the EU referendum. Lessons in respect of the protection and resilience against possible foreign interference in IT systems that are critical for the functioning of the democratic process must extend beyond the technical. The US and UK understanding of ‘cyber’ is predominantly technical and computer-network based, while Russia and China use a cognitive approach based on understanding of mass psychology and of how to exploit individuals.