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The Electoral Register Hack

Following one of the largest data breaches in the UK, we take a look at the recent Electoral Register Hack.



The Electoral Register Hack

The recent news of the Electoral Register hack in the UK has raised serious concerns about the security and privacy of millions of voters. According to early reports, hackers accessed the personal data of 15.5 million voters in England and Wales, including names, addresses, dates of birth, and national insurance numbers. The hackers also claimed to have obtained the data of 3.5 million Scottish voters and 1.2 million Northern Irish voters.

The Electoral Commission, which oversees the electoral register, said it was investigating the incident and working with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) and the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) to determine the cause and impact of the breach. The ICO said it was aware of a “potential data incident” involving the electoral register and urged anyone who received a suspicious email or phone call claiming to be from the Electoral Commission to report it.

The Electoral Register hack is one of the largest data breaches in UK history, and it poses a serious threat to the identity and financial security of millions of people. Hackers could use the stolen data to commit fraud, identity theft, phishing, or blackmail. They could also sell the data on the dark web or use it for political or malicious purposes.

As a business owner, you may wonder how this hack affects you and your business. You may also wonder how you can protect your business from similar cyber attacks in the future. The answer is simple: Cyber Essentials.

Cyber Essentials is a government-backed scheme that helps businesses of all sizes to protect themselves from common cyber threats. It provides a set of standards and best practices for securing your IT systems and data, covering five key areas:

  • Secure your internet connection
  • Secure your devices and software
  • Control access to your data and services
  • Protect your data from viruses and malware
  • Keep your devices and software up to date


By following these steps, you can reduce your organisation’s  risk of falling victim to cyber attacks by up to 80%. You can also demonstrate your commitment to cyber security to your customers, suppliers, partners, and regulators, enhancing your reputation and trustworthiness.

Cyber Essentials certification is also a requirement for bidding for some government contracts, especially those involving sensitive or personal data. If you want to grow your business and access new opportunities, Cyber Essentials certification can give you a competitive edge.

There are two levels of Cyber Essentials certification: Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials Plus. Cyber Essentials involves a self-assessment questionnaire that verifies your compliance with the scheme’s requirements. Cyber Essentials Plus involves an independent audit that tests your IT systems and security measures.

At Forensic Control, we are experts in cyber security and Cyber Essentials certification. We can help you achieve Cyber Essentials or Cyber Essentials Plus certification in a fast and hassle-free way. We can also provide ongoing support and guidance to help you maintain your cyber security standards and protect your business from cyber threats.

If you are interested in getting certified or want to learn more about our services, please contact us today. We are here to help you demystify cyber security for your business.

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