American cybersecurity experts are said to be on high alert ahead of the US elections. With election day less than a month away, cybersecurity experts will be on the lookout for a disinformation tactic that throws politics into chaos at the last minute: hack-and-leak operations.
That was the tactic used about four years ago, when Russian hackers released stolen emails from Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s campaign chair, John Podesta, and amplified it on WikiLeaks. The stolen emails were stolen in a phishing attack conducted six months earlier. But they waited until October to dump the contents, leading to conspiracy theories.
US officials have warned about a flurry of online disinformation and hacking efforts, while Facebook continues to take down networks linked to political interference by foreign countries. No significant hack-and-leak operations that could affect the 2020 US presidential election have been reported. Still, there’s plenty of time for a late pre-election surprise.
Did you know that…. Phishing is a cybercrime in which a target or targets are contacted by email, telephone or text message by someone posing as a legitimate institution to lure individuals into providing sensitive data such as personally identifiable information, banking and credit card details, and passwords.