Labour's Ben Bradshaw says several anti-Kremlin activists and journalists have been targeted by Russian hackers in the middle of the election

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Labour's Ben Bradshaw says several anti-Kremlin activists and journalists have been targeted by Russian hackers in the middle of the election

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Labour MP Ben Bradshaw.

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  • An "unknown number" of anti-Kremlin journalists, activists and organisations in the UK have reportedly been targeted by the same hackers.
  • The UK's National Cyber Security Centre told Ben Bradshaw, a Labour politician targeted in the campaign, its investigation was ongoing.
  • Investigative journalism website Bellingcat and reporter Carole Cadwalladr are understood to have been targeted.
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An "unknown number" of anti-Kremlin activists have reportedly been targeted by Russian hackers, according to British MP Ben Bradshaw.

The UK's National Cyber Security Centre told Bradshaw a number of individuals and organisations, all critics of alleged Russian interference in foreign elections, had been targeted by the same campaign.

Bradshaw's campaign team received an email purporting to be from a Russian government whistleblower, promising insider knowledge of the Kremlin's operations. Sky first reported news of the original email.

Business Insider understands that the NCSC has confirmed similar emails sent to Bellingcat, an investigative journalism website, and Carole Cadwalladr, an Observer reporter, came from the same source.

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Bradshaw, who has been an ardent campaigner against Russia's alleged election meddling, told Business Insider: "I'm not surprised, given everything I've done trying to expose the subversion of our democracy. For me, this makes it all the more scandalous that Boris Johnson is still refusing to publish the independent report on Russian interference."

Business Insider previously reported Prime Minister Boris Johnson had apparently blocked a report into Russian interference in UK elections because it revealed "embarrassing" links between Conservative donors and the Kremlin.

Business Insider approached the NCSC for comment.

This is a developing story...

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