Hawaii Intelligence Digest, 25 November 2016, 20:30 hrs, UTC, Post #37.
Accessed on 25 November 2016, 20:30 hrs, UTC.
Reporter: Dan Gooding, senior editor at arstechnica.com.
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Warfare has adopted the digital age in a big way. Over the past few years, major world powers, including the United States, China, and the Russian Federation, have successfully penetrated the economic, military, and social networks that keep nations at relative peace with each other.
According to Arstechnica.com senior editor Dan Gooden, cyber warfare teams in the Russian Federation have expanded their reach into our public media and education sectors:
“A Google spokesman, citing this overview of the warnings, said it’s possible that the recent flurry may refer to hacking attempts that happened over the past month, as opposed to events that occurred more recently. He said Google officials deliberately delay warnings to prevent those behind the attacks from learning researchers’ sources and methods for detecting the attacks. The delays apply only to attack attempts, rather than cases where attacks result in a successful account takeover.
Assuming the warnings concern older attacks, it’s possible they stem from a spear phishing campaign that security firm Volexity tied to Russian government hackers. Company researchers said the campaign began a few hours after Donald Trump won the US presidential election on November 8 and targeted non-governmental organizations and think tanks. The hackers had ties to one of the groups behind breaches of the Democratic National Committee. ”
This is just one more indication that your private and business data are vulnerable from not only opportune hackers, but also from state-sponsored actors. It’s incumbent upon all of us who use online and digital services to be more aware of security and identity theft. Use strong passwords, anti-malware software, and firewalls to protect your data. Don’t open unsolicited e-mail messages and keep personal information off the internet. The theft of your personal and business data can have dire consequences in the future.
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