Britain’s Conservative Party voting for next PM delayed after hacking alert: Report

Vote by Britain‘s Conservative Party Members to elect the next prime minister has been delayed after the GCHQ spy agency warned that cyber hackers could alter people’s ballots, The Telegraph reported Tuesday.
There was no specific threat from a hostile state, and the advice was more general, addressing the voting process and its vulnerabilities, the report said.
As a result of the concerns, the Conservative Party has been forced to abandon plans to allow members to change their vote for the next leader later in the contest, the Telegraph said.
Ballot papers also have yet to be issued to the roughly 160,000 party members who have now been warned they may not arrive until August 11, the report said. The ballots were expected to be sent out from Monday, The Telegraph reported.
Former Minister of Finance Rishi Sunak and Foreign Minister Liz truss compete in the leadership contest to succeed Boris Johnson as the next British Prime Minister.
Truss leads opinion polls among members of the Conservative Party, which after weeks of voting will decide who will be the next prime minister on September 5.
The Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) collects communications from around the world to identify and disrupt threats to Britain. A spokesman for the National Cyber ​​Security Center (NCSC), part of the GCHQ, says he has advised the Conservative Party.
“Defending the democratic and electoral processes in the UK is a priority for the NCSC and we are working closely with all parliamentary political parties, local authorities and MPs to provide cybersecurity advice and support,” a spokesperson for the UK said. NCSC to Reuters.
“As you would expect from the UK’s national cybersecurity authority, we have advised the Conservative Party on security considerations for online leadership voting,” the spokesperson added.

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