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EU prepares for major international cyber attacks ahead of elections

The preparations follow interference attempts detected by Microsoft targeting democratic institutions across the EU.

Law enforcement agencies across the EU are preparing to respond to a major international cyber attack ahead of the end of May’s elections.

Between 23-26 May of this year, depending on national customs, the remaining EU states will elect their members of the European Parliament.

It is set to be a significant election, as a Brexit-driven surge in Euroscepticism across the continent could determine the bloc’s future direction.

It follows Microsoft’s detection of a hacking campaign targeting democratic institutions, from a group believed to be sponsored by the Russian government.

Those attacks have targeted the employees of political campaigns as well as think-tanks and non-profit organisations working on topics connected to democracy and electoral integrity.

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