Cyber-attack on the Electoral Commission

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We, along with other local authorities across the UK and the public, have been made aware that the Electoral Commission experienced a complex cyber-attack in which the Electoral Commission's reference copies of the UK's electoral registers may have been accessed.

This includes the name and address of anyone in the UK who was registered to vote between 2014 and 2022 and the names of those registered as overseas voters (but not their addresses of electors overseas, nor the details of people registered anonymously which are not held by the Electoral Commission).

We understand electors in North Kesteven may feel concerned by the cyber-attack - we have a page on our website with available information from the Electoral Commission.

The electoral register is a public document and it is this national system that has been subject to the cyber-attack. The Electoral Commission understands the concern and upset this attack may have caused and has apologised to those affected. They regret that sufficient protections were not in place to prevent the cyber-attack. The incident is being investigated by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), and additional security measures have been put in place to prevent similar attacks in the future. 

The Electoral Commission has published further information and guidance about the cyber-attack. This includes a detailed FAQ which covers questions electors may have.

Members of the public and electors can also contact the Electoral Commission directly.

Maintaining the integrity and accessibility of the democratic process is paramount, and so we will continue to monitor the situation and any further actions taken by the Electoral Commission. 

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