The DNC Hack: From Prediction To Reality

Among the 2016 cybersecurity predictions he made back in January, PKWARE CEO and President V. Miller Newton said a presidential campaign would be hacked before the November election.

That prediction has become reality, according to The Washington Post.

The paper reported this morning that Russian government hackers breached the Democratic National Committee’s network and accessed the entire database of opposition research on presumptive Republican presidential nominee, Donald Trump.

The networks of presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump were also targeted by Russian spies, as were the computers of some GOP political action committees

The Post reported

The scope of the intrusion is breathtaking, according to sources. Hackers broke a hole in the network big enough to see pretty much all of the DNC’s email and chat traffic.

How did it happen?
1.) Hacker persistence
2.) The victims left a lot of unprotected data lying around

In January, Miller warned that political campaigns have mountains of unsecured data ripe for the taking, and that it was likely a U.S. presidential campaign would take a hit before the general election in November.

“With over 30,000 businesses and 200 government entities as our customers, we have a unique view into future staging grounds for attacks," Miller said at the time. "Based on what we're seeing right now, 2016 will see significant and dynamic cyberattacks on American interests.”

The last part of that quote is something I’ve heard from many, many security experts this past year. Attackers are relentless and there are plenty of targets to choose from. Because the focus of enterprises has largely been on securing the perimeter, data flowing in and out of organizations remains easy prey.

The answer going forward is to protect the data itself.

Time will tell if the rest of Miller’s predictions come true. Among them:

ISIS Will Breach a Major Corporation: ISIS will dramatically increase their cyber capabilities to target corporate America and other vulnerable Western entities and organizations.

The U.S. Electric Grid will be attacked: Attacks on the electric grid would have devastating consequences, harming businesses and consumers alike.

U.S. Law Enforcement will be breached: From body cameras to police databases, cyberattacks against law enforcement could become widespread in 2016.

Healthcare Devices will be compromised: With the rise of connected devices in the healthcare industry, it is inevitable that we will see a rise in cyber-attacks against the medical community.

Stay tuned.