Spooks at the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) have reportedly called an emergency meeting of the country’s political parties after warning them of the ever-increasing cyber-attack risk.
It comes after Russia was accused of meddling in the US election by hacking the emails of the Democratic Party to damage Hillary Clinton’s presidency bid.
US intelligence sources directly accused Putin of ordering the hack to help his ally Donald Trump get into the White House.
But Trump denied the claims, saying any hacking attempts had “absolutely no effect” on the election outcome.
Some 20,000 emails from the Democrats were hacked and published during the election campaign.
Now spies in the UK fear the next General Election could be vulnerable to similar cyber attacks.
Ciaran Martin, chief executive of the National Cyber Security Centre, had written to the country’s political leaders to offer help to protect against hacking, reports the Sunday Times.
In the letter, he reportedly warns against attacks on Britain’s democratic processes, including parliament, pressure groups and individuals’ email addresses.
Cyber-attacks on political parties in the UK could put thousands of Brits’ personal information at risk.
A senior government source at GCHQ told the Sunday Times that improved security would help protect “personal datasets, including the electoral roll and voter identification data”.