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NRCC Email Hack Highlights Lack of Visibility & Proactive Threat Hunting at Political Organizations
Earlier this week, Politico reported that the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) suffered a major attack prior to the 2018 U.S. midterm elections, with thousands of sensitive emails from four senior aides exposed to an outside intruder. While the impact of this breach is still unfolding, history is repeating itself in the political realm. Unfortunately, cybersecurity has become too passive for political organizations and we’re seeing that failure play out with a major breach again. Nation-state actors in today’s pressurized geopolitical landscape feel more emboldened and empowered than ever. According to Carbon Black’s recent Quarterly Incident Response Threat Report, nearly half of all IR investigations stem from two countries: China and Russia. So why does this continue to happen? 1) Geopolitical tension is manifesting itself in cyberspace via cyberattacks that are increasingly leveraging advanced tactics such as lateral movement, counter incident response and island hopping. These attacks are also becoming more destructive, honing in on specific targets, causing system outages and destroying data in ways designed to paralyze an organization’s operations.
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