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.
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.
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.