Russia may be to blame for personal email hacking

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - How safe are your personal emails from hackers? Not very.

This past week is proof of that. The Democratic National Committee had its emails hacked and released for all to see, which created all sorts of drama within the DNC.

Scott Schaffer of Blade Technology joins us with how all digital fingers point to Russia....and are you next?

1. News of the hack of the Democratic National Committee first broke in mid-June with a document dump occurring immediately before the Democratic National Convention.

2. The forensic evidence points to two different hacker groups on the DNC servers for months, undetected.
· Active Persistent Threats, and typical of such attacks.
· Not a hit-and-run, more sophisticated.
· These groups probably did not know that the other was present on the system.
· Cybersecurity experts are confident that the groups were Russian government actors given that:
o At least one of the hacker groups were inactive during Russian holidays and work hours aligned with a Russian time zone.
o Evidence found a signature in the Cyrillic alphabet.

3. It is assumed that the hack originated from a phishing campaign with a malware payload.

4. The motive appears to be an attempt to influence internal US politics.

5. You shouldn't wait until after a hack to take cybersecurity seriously. You can and must protect your network.
· Antivirus and firewalls are no longer adequate to protect your network.
· Education against these type of Social Engineering attacks is a must.
· Threat Intelligence must be gathered on a hour-by-hour basis.
· Protecting your network costs a fraction of the costs associated with a breach.

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