Politics and politicians can be some of the largest targets for many cyber attackers. Being that these individuals, systems, and constructs are literally involved in the running of countries, attackers can target them for a number of reasons. They may be hoping to gain intelligence, cause disruption, or even steal data and ransom it back to the owners. We have already seen several larger attacks within the political realm, such as the 2016 U.S. election hacking, in which the Democratic National Committee email system was breached. There was also the incident earlier this year where French president Emmanuel Macron was targeted in a cyber attack, although he was only a presidential candidate at the time. Unfortunately, these kinds of attacks will not be stopping soon. In yet another incident, a new political media platform was targeted in a cyber attack.
The media platform is called Verrit, and it is described as a platform for the 65.8 million that had voted for Hillary Clinton. The aim of the site was to organize Clinton supporters by providing them with an information hub of verified facts and stats. Clinton had offered her endorsement of this platform on Sunday, and shortly after, a DDoS attack had taken the website offline. This is essentially when an internet service is hit by an extremely large amount of traffic from numerous sources in an effort to overwhelm it. Despite the rapid attack, the site had gained 11,000 new followers within two hours after Clinton’s announcement of support. There have been no reports as to whether the attack is being investigated, or whether they have tried to trace the perpetrator. Attacks like this are typically pretty difficult to trace, but Verrit should minimally investigate the incident and bolster their security and systems to better prevent this in the future. Whether there is a direct correlation between Clinton’s endorsement and the attack is uncertain, but the timing seems to indicate there may be. Verrit has also funded several other organizations in campaigning against President Trump.
DDoS attacks can be surprisingly common, especially with some newer organizations, being that they have often not adequately prepared. Organizations that do not have the necessary resources to maintain cyber security should enlist outside assistance. It is never a good idea for organizations to implement only basic security and then hope that they will not be attacked, as this simply opens them up to all kinds of vulnerabilities and risk. There are numerous ways that an organization can bolster their security to ensure they stay protected.
With how skilled and clever modern threats and attackers have become, it is necessary to integrate numerous tools and services to properly prevent cyber attacks. In today’s threat landscape, proactivity is key. An organization needs to be able to predict and prevent threats. Of course, the basics of antivirus and firewalls will always be a vital part of security, but they cannot completely protect an organization by themselves. Contemporary security now requires intelligence to proactively defend from lurking threats, monitoring to maintain awareness of network and system statuses and other tools that can stop threats in their tracks. Previously, security was much more reactively based, but that alone no longer cuts it. Organizations hold far too much sensitive information for them to allow anything less than comprehensive and proactive security. The more that we continue to use cyberspace for business and countrywide operations, the further we must ensure that these systems are defended from malicious attackers. Massive Alliance offers numerous tools and services to help organizations properly prevent cyber attacks in the modern landscape.