Director James Comey confirmed that the FBI is investigating ties between President Donald Trump's campaign and Russia during the 2016 U.S. election. This is big news. Although the three primary intelligence agencies (CIA, NSA and FBI) have all confirmed that Russia tampered in the election, what stands now is the question whether or not Trump's team colluded with the Kremlin or was simple the unwitting beneficiary of the foreign power's hacking offensive.
Below, we will discuss the latest news on the alleged Trump-Russia connection, what that means for cybersecurity wonks and if there is anything you can do to protect your business from similarly attacks.
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In mid-February, Reuters reported that the FBI is pursuing three separate probes to investigate Russia's election meddling. The FBI's Pittsburgh office is apparently leading the pack, but there is \"not enough clear evidence yet for an indictment.\"
Or as Representative Adam Schiff put it during the opening statement for the House intelligence committee, "Is it possible that all of these events and reports are completely unrelated, and nothing more than an entirely unhappy coincidence? Yes, it is possible. But it is also possible, maybe more than possible, that they are not coincidental, not disconnected and not unrelated."
While there have been numerous members of Team Trump who have met with, and later denied before confirming and downplaying their meetings, with Russian officials, we will focus our efforts on the evidence relating specifically to the hack and investigation:
These are just a few pieces of evidence in a developing investigation and we are likely to see more news in the coming months. Of course, government-backed hackers aren't only attacking political parties, many are businesses as well. Yahoo and Google, for example, have reported cyberattacks on their users. China has also engaged in hacking U.S. businesses.
Thankfully, much of this information was released to the public which aids cybersecurity experts and private businesses to sure up their own defenses. Still, it is best to remain cautious. Remember to avoid suspicious emails, links and downloads; update your passwords on a regular basis; and alert your IT team if you believe your systems have been compromised.
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