It seems that the United Kingdom is not an exception to the panic infused in the United States of America over Russian intrusion to their electorate system and public agencies.
Members of Parliament in Britain are concerned over cyber-attacks that have disrupted the governmental websites during the popular referendum conducted last summer in 2016.
The historical vote permitted the country to be the first nation to trigger article 50 in the European constitution, allowing them to exit the European Union and isolate themselves from regional dependency.
A parliamentary report formed by the Commons Public Administration Committee, analysis the hackings observed in governmental servers during and after the referendum to be of the same pattern as the alleged Russian intrusions in the United States.
The congressional committee explained the psychology behind the cyber-warfare of the Russians and the Chinese, mainly targeting NATO members, shaping and manipulating mass opinion through social media legions.
The Chairman of committee, Mr. Bernard Jenkin affirmed: “We’ve seen this happen in other countries. Our own Government has made it clear to us that they don’t think there was anything, but you don’t necessarily find any direct evidence.”
He further added: “We have taken advice on this and you cannot rule out the possibility it was a direct attack and so, the point we make about the Russians and Chinese psychological approach to this kind of thing, means that it would be entirely in character.”
The sensitivity of the matter lies in the web-crash incident that happened during the BREXIT referendum, raising concerns on the perpetrators or causes behind the collapse of the website and if it altered the outcome of the vote.
The assessment of the parliamentary committee does not provide evidence to the Russian/Chinese allegations but reads: “We do not rule out the possibility that there was foreign interference in the EU referendum caused by a DDOS (distributed denial of service) using botnets, though we do not believe that any such interference had any material effect on the outcome of the EU referendum”.