Reports are emerging that Russia launched a cyberattack against a U.S. company the day before the presidential election. According to documents from the National Security Agency, hackers from Russia launched an attack on an American company that provides election services like voter registration and voter rolls. The document does not say if the Russian hackers’ efforts had any effect on the voting outcomes, and officials insist that hackers weren’t able to change voter tallies. The NSA report says that this hacking scheme comes from the GRU, Russia’s military intelligence agency.
The NSA report says that Russian hackers tried to launch a phishing campaign against the employees who worked at the U.S. voting vendor. The hackers sent emails to the employees in an attempt to get their email credentials. The hackers used spoofing to trick employees into thinking that the emails were coming from a legitimate source, and they wanted the recipients to click on a malicious attachment. The hackers were able to compromise at least one employee’s account.
The news of this leak shows all organizations, whether they’re in the public sector or the private sector, that their data could be targeted by state-backed hackers. Below are six tips for organizations that are looking to strengthen their cyber security:
As hacking groups become more sophisticated, organizations should make the effort to bolster their security. By conducting vulnerability audits and limiting user access, organizations can prevent a cyber breach from occurring. Organizations can also inspect for malware and suspicious users to uncover cyber threats before they have a chance to deploy. By investing in endpoint management, organizations can prevent a cyber breach.