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NDP cyber attack


Queen’s University cyber security expert David Skillicorn is available to talk about today’s report that found more than 10,000 computers were involved in the attack that caused on-line voting chaos at the NDP leadership convention.

According to Scytl Canada, the company hired by the NDP to run the vote, a large-scale “distributed denial of service” targeted the electronic voting system.

“It was a very serious attack but it was a very easy one to do. It was almost certainly a botnet attack, which is when somebody infiltrates and compromises a large number of PC computers so they can all do the same thing – in this case, try to access the NDP voting site and block access to it,” said Dr. Skillicorn, a professor in the School of Computing.

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