Monday, January 25, 23:04
Home security US Elections 2020: High risk of phishing attacks!

US Elections 2020: High risk of phishing attacks!

The security risks surrounding the US presidential election in November 2020 are not limited to direct attacks on systems voting. Cybersecurity company Area 1 Security published a report in the Wall Street Journal warning that many election officials were using systems e-mail leaving them exposed to phishing attacks and violations. From more than 10.000 state and local officials, about 53% had only elementary or non-standard defenses against phishing. Only the 18,6% had developed advanced defenses and the 5,4% used personal email addresses.

In addition, some competent services in Maine, Michigan, Missouri and New Hampshire used a faulty version of Exim, a software that is free but has also been targeted by hackers of GRU funded by Russia, for cyber attacks, from 2019.

US 2020 elections

However, security researchers have said that the weak security of an email is unlikely to lead to piracy, as email systems are not linked to vote counting systems.
But there are concerns that local election officials may be prepared for possible intrusions into their electronic systems during the 2020 US election. THE CRANE, who was accused of stealing and leaking emails from the presidency campaign of Hillary Clinton in 2016 and 2018, had created a web domains imitating government web addresses with the aim of carrying out phishing attacks.

Of course, this would not necessarily allow hackers to jeopardize the voting process. J. Michael Daniel of the Cyber ​​Threat Alliance told the Wall Street Journal that it would be very difficult to handle the votes effectively. However, ransomware and others malware Phishing-based campaigns could make it difficult for election administrators to do their job, and therefore cast doubt on the results, even if the voting infrastructure is considered secure.

US 2020 elections

According to information, the Russia and other countries have tried to deceive high-profile targets in 2018. It is difficult to rule out similar campaigns in 2020, especially against an electorate that does not have the same resources to protect itself. It may take a long time for email security to become strong.

Already this year, foreign hackers have targeted the personal email accounts of people working on the campaigns of Democratic nominee Joe Biden and President Donald Trump. China's state hackers also tried to hack the emails of members of Biden's campaign, while Iranian hackers tried to hack emails of members of Trump's campaign. THE Google, which reported the attempts, said in June that it had found no evidence that the attacks were successful.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try.



COVID-19 vaccines: Ways to protect supply chains

The development of vaccines for COVID-19 in such a short period of time has created many challenges and these are not only related to ...

How do insurance companies "enhance" ransomware attacks?

Ransomware attacks have increased significantly, with experts warning that their victims should not pay ransom to hackers ....

Russia: "US may be planning retaliation for SolarWinds hack"!

The Russian government warns the country's organizations about possible cyber attacks that the US may carry out, as "retaliation" for the hack ...

iPhone: How to see which apps have access to your contacts

Some iPhone privacy issues go deeper than accessing your contacts list, which exposes your contacts to ...

COVID-19: Google makes vaccination clinics available

Google CEO Sundar Pichai said Monday that the company will make its facilities available to become clinics ...

Netflix offers "studio quality" audio upgrade on Android

Do not be surprised if Netflix sounds better the next time you run a marathon with rows on your Android phone ...

Will Bitcoin return to $ 40.000? There is concern!

Bitcoin lovers who take his return above the level of $ 40.000 for granted have been worried because the demand ...

Avaddon ransomware: Its operators threaten with DDoS attacks to get ransom!

Lately, more and more ransomware gangs tend to threaten their targets with DDoS attacks in order to secure profits ....

Volunteer firefighters will be trained through VR simulation

Volunteer firefighters in the Australian state of Victoria will soon have access to the virtual reality (VR) training that will be available in ...

Tesla: Accuses its former employee of stealing her confidential data!

On January 23, Tesla sued former employee Alex Khatilov for stealing 26.000 confidential documents, including trade secrets. The software ...