Cyber security scare ahead of Spain’s local, regional and European elections

DEMOCRACY THREAT: Spain’s government is concerned about false information online. Photo credit: Shutterstock

SPAIN’S National Security Department is said to be creating a special unit to identify false information and cyber threats ahead of the country’s elections in April and May.

According to Spanish media, the department is concerned about the potential for a campaign of ‘fake news’ from Russia’s intelligence services ahead of the Spanish general election on April 28, and the local, regional and European elections on May 26.

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The National Encryption Centre is reportedly working with the government to monitor the internet and help collect and process data before removing false information.  According to a Eurobarometer study, 80 per cent of Spaniards are concerned about the threat of fake news and its potential to harm democracy.


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