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This year’s presidential campaign has resulted in no small amount of so-called crazy talk. Comments by Republican nominee, Donald Trump, Wednesday may have set a new bar.

In a free-wheeling news conference Trump invited Russia to “find” Hillary Clinton’s missing emails from her time as Secretary of State. Many in and out of the intelligence community criticized Trump for what they saw as urging another country to spy on the U.S.


What He Said

Specifically, Trump said, “Russia—if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing. I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press.”

The missing emails were allegedly erased by Hilary Clinton’s attorneys who said they were “private in nature” and had nothing to do with government business.

“Nyet” Says Russia

Before the remarks by Trump, the Russian government said it does not interfere in the elections of other countries.

Dmitry Peskov, a Kremlin spokesman said, “President Putin has repeatedly said that Russia never interfered and never interferes in the domestic affairs, especially not the electoral processes, of other countries.”

Tip Of The Cyber Security Iceburg

According to ESG research a full 31% of cybersecurity professionals believe the threat landscape is much worse today than it was just two years ago. Another 36% say the likelihood of attacks is somewhat worse today than two years ago.

The recent Russian hack of the DNC illustrates the scope of the problem. It is literally everywhere.

All data are at risk, no matter how secure. While state-sponsored cyber-attacks, such as China’s probe of The New York Times and North Korea’s breach of Sony Pictures get the headlines, other attacks take place on a daily basis and garner little attention.

In addition to China, North Korea and Russia, the landscape now also includes Iran, the Syrian Electronic Army and many other countries that have found it far less expensive and risky to engage in cyber espionage than to buy or build weapons.


Victims Abound

As adversaries move in and out of the Internet shadows, it isn’t just government agencies and a handful of Hollywood stars who find themselves under attack. A list of just a few of the public companies that have had their servers breached in the past couple of years shows just how big the problem is.

Anthem, Inc. (NYSE:ANTMC) records were attacked, exposing personal information, including Social Security numbers of 80 million people.

Sony Corp. (NYSE:SNEC) was famously hacked in November 2014 revealing personal information and corporate plans. About 47,000 employees were affected.

Staples, Inc. (:SPLSN/A) took a hit in July 2014 when customer payment card numbers for 1.16 million people were stolen.

Sears Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ:SHLDD) subsidiary, Kmart and an unknown number of Kmart customers gave up customer payment card numbers in September 2014.

SuperValu Inc. (NYSE:SVUC) customers at Shop ‘n Save, Shoppers Food & Pharmacy, Cub Foods, Albertson’s, Acme, Jewel-Osco, Shaw’s, Star Market and associated liquor stores had customer payment card number stolen on two separate occasions. The number of people affected is unknown.

The Home Depot Inc.’s (NYSE:HDB) 56 million customers and their customer payment card numbers were uncovered over a 6-month period in 2014.

JP Morgan Chase & Co (NYSE:JPMC) gave up names, phone numbers, addresses and email addresses of 76 million JP Morgan account holders over a 2-month period.

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