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Black Hat 2018: 10 Execs On The Top Cybersecurity Threat America Faces Around The 2018 Midterm Elections

CRN asks 10 security executives and technical leaders attending Black Hat 2018 what election-related threats should be most worrisome to the government and general public.

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Political Party Data Leak

Political parties will be targeted in DDoS attacks in hopes of breaching and leaking data that can be used in some sort of fashion to influence opinions, according to Infoblox Director of Threat Intelligence Sean Tierney. The exfiltrating of political party data results in reputational damage to the party, Tierney said, and may result in job loss or other forms of direct harm.

The national political parties saw what happened in 2016 and should be prepared for a repeat of that, Tierney said. But states are unlikely to be as equally prepared due to a lack of funding, Tierney said, which could be consequential in jurisdictions where party control hangs in the balance.

Looking for patterns of abuse through threat intelligence, activity monitoring, and even anti-virus should help with identifying nefarious or suspicious activity, according to Tierney.

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