LibDems accuse Labour of hacking into its e-mail


LibDems accuse Labour of hacking into its e-mail

Parliamentary reporter

Parliamentary authorities are investigating claims that e-mails sent by senior Liberal Democrats, including party leader Charles Kennedy, have been hacked into at Westminster.

One of the two incidents is alleged to have involved a Labour Party worker in the House of Commons.

The hacking was discovered when an internal LibDem inquiry into a policy leak to the Guardian traced the source of the information to a Labour staffer.

The other incident involved the Parliamentary Communications Directorate (PCD) - responsible for the electronic linkage of hundreds of MPs and Commons staff - inadvertently breaching LibDem e-mail security.

The police have been notified and the PCD has launched a full investigation into the allegations.

LibDem Treasury spokes-man Matthew Taylor said he became concerned at the Guardian leak as "only a tiny number of people'' had access to the draft of the document containing part of the party's draft pre-election manifesto.

He added, "We are fairly confident that it was Labour that accessed our e-mail. It can't have been paper copies because they were shredded.''



Email Alerts

Register now to receive IT-related news, guides and more, delivered to your inbox.
By submitting you agree to receive email from TechTarget and its partners. If you reside outside of the United States, you consent to having your personal data transferred to and processed in the United States. Privacy

This was first published in October 2000


COMMENTS powered by Disqus  //  Commenting policy