Being a professional hacker has never been easier and more profitable than it is today. According to cyberdefense experts at Microsoft, electronic crime will be an industry worth trillions of 6 dollars up to 2022. Hacking tools are available in the dark web at the price of 500 dollars, while some are sold with 24 hour support.
Due to low-cost hacking, elections in the United States and around the world are being threatened by many and persistent hackers. Malware and phishing attacks targeting political campaigns during the recent elections in Russia, Turkey, Colombia and Azerbaijan. Keyloggers and Trojans were identified in many states shortly before the 2018 US election period, and according to the Department of Homeland Security, during 2016 50 elections, states had identified such types of invasion by cyberspace.
"When you think of election attacks, you need to think about them globally, not just here in the US," said Ann Johnson, vice president of Microsoft's Cybersecurity Solutions Group, "it's really hard to imagine the scale or scale."
At a global level, Microsoft detects nearly 6,5 trillions - yes, trillions - cyber incidents per day. Several millions of them are targeting political campaigns. Many of the "brands" are benign, says Johnson, and using artificial intelligence in the cloud, the technology company works closely with political campaigns to identify and mitigate specific threats. For example, before the mid-term elections of 2018, Microsoft revealed phishing attacks (Phishing) addressed to both Republicans and Republicans.
Threatening bodies targeting the elections generally fall into some specific categories. Johnson said the hackers have a number of reasons to do what they do: there may be "people who have purely financial incentives and their cyber crimes are related to finances, either people who steal electronic identities for other reasons, or fraudsters who want to expose political people. "There are too many reasons for hacking in electoral processes and political sceneries in general.