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Votes during Eurovision contest will be protected from Russian threats, MPs told

The UK’s security experts will deal with any cyber-attacks or threats to vote at the Eurovision Song Contest in Liverpool by Russian agents, as MPs have assured.

The Commons MPs raised concerns with the government about the possibility that Russia would try to interfere in the voting process during the contest. This event is watched by over 160 million people around the world.

The contest this year will take place in Liverpool after organizers decided it was unsafe to hold the event in Ukraine, which won last year and is at war with Russia.

Last year, the police in Italy claimed that Russia attempted to influence the voting at the first semi-final for the 2022 competition. However, its cyber-security team foiled the attempt.


Michael Fabricant, Conservative MP for Lichfield asked in the House of Commons that “Last Year, during the Eurovision Song Contest Russian agents tried to interfere with voting for Ukraine.”

This year, we will host the Eurovision Song Contest.

What is the Department of Science, Innovation and Technology doing to ensure the integrity of voting?

Paul Scully is a minister of technology and digital economy. He replied, “The government has always been aware that there are many possible threats against our systems and events.”

“I am not able discuss details, but the National Cyber Security Centre is a world-class expert in understanding attacks and providing incident responses for the most severe of attacks.

We want to ensure that all organisations know about this, so that we can maintain the resilience of our voting process.”

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The competition begins on Tuesday, 9 May when the first semifinal gets underway at the M&S Bank Arena in Liverpool. The grand final will take place on Saturday, 13 May.

Mae Muller, the UK’s 2023 entrant, will compete with her catchy pop song I Wrote A Song. She’ll be competing against the favorites of Sweden’s Loreen and Finland’s Kaarija.


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