We simply can’t argue it any more. Cyber-crime is becoming a BIG problem.
According to the New York Times article two groups of Russian hackers were able to penetrate the Democratic National Committee’s network, and were able to steal emails, chat histories, and a “trove” of research against Donald Trump. Apparently this had been going on for a year according to the Cyber Security firm that was brought in by the DNC to investigate.
So how exactly did this happen?
We can’t be certain and perhaps we’ll never know completely, but based on their early findings this was likely a result of BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) which is increasingly becoming a problem in the work place.
As political campaigns are commonly supported by volunteers that commonly bring their own cell phones and laptops, it is suspected that malicious software may have been introduced to their network by one of these devices.
The BYOD problem has worsened. Especially as companies have become more relaxed with allowing employees to use personal devices at work due to flexibility of access created by the Cloud, which was not as easily achievable in the past with Local Area Network based applications.
On one hand a company might be tempted to allow their staff to use their own devices due to the hardware cost savings, but on the other hand the risk you expose your company to is seldom worth it, especially if you have valuable Intellectual Property that could be dangerous in the wrong hands.
Sadly, this security risk (like many others) could have easily been avoided by having a proper IT Security Policy with strict rules on BYOD as well as some simple network security best practices.
However on the bright side, the bad guys only got away with some dirt on an orange man with a wild comb-over this time around 🙂