A website which allowed Britons to register to vote in last year's European Union referendum might have been targeted by foreign hackers causing it to crash before the deadline, a committee of British lawmakers said on Wednesday. Sarah Charlton reports.
Britain's decision to exit the European Union has created a lot of questions... And now UK lawmakers want answers over whether the Brexit referendum website was targeted by foreign hackers. The voter registration site crashed in the run-up to last June's vote. The government then blaming it on a late surge to register... And extending its cut-off point. But parliament's Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee isn't ruling out the possibility of a cyber attack. Adding it's deeply concerned about the allegations. But noting it doesn't believe any interference had impacted the outcome. Russia has been accused of trying to influence the 2016 U.S. election... The British committee says the UK government needs to ensure future elections and referendums are monitored for cyber attacks. The report also critical of the government's failure to prepare for a vote in favour of Brexit... And former Prime Minister David Cameron's motives for calling the referendum in the first place. They say using the vote as a "bluff call" to close down "unwelcome debate" was questionable. Cameron, who campaigned to stay in the EU, was forced to quit after losing the vote.