Alba party officials have been left red-faced after the Scottish version of its domain name was hijacked within hours of Alex Salmond firing the starting gun on its Holyrood election bid.

While the official Albaparty.org address has been promoted as the party’s website, the version using a ‘.Scot’ domain has been commandeered on behalf of another party.

THOUSANDS of people have had their data leaked by Alex Salmond’s new party just hours after it launched – which could cost them as much as £17 million.

The Herald on Sunday can reveal that the names of more than 4,000 people who have signed up to attend Alba Party events were visible to the public due to a fault in the party’s website.

Among them appear to be members of the SNP’s ruling body.

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