ollowing the news regarding emails from top officials at the National Republican Congressional Committee being hacked during the midterms, Brian Vecci, Technical Evangelist at Varonis offers the following comment.
Brian Vecci, Technical Evangelist at Varonis:
“The biggest thing that stood out to me was that the attack was detected by a cybersecurity vendor in April. How is it that we’re just hearing about this now? This raises questions for me as to whether our midterms were truly as secure as was reported.
The hack was of a senior GOP congressman, so it was extremely targeted – this wasn’t someone getting in randomly and happening on some valuable data, nor was it someone trying to steal huge amounts of open sensitive consumer data. They went after the inboxes of four key congressmen and the only reason to do that is if you think you can learn something that will help you specifically.
The countries that have proven themselves to be able to perpetuate these kinds of attacks and have the motive to do so are Russia, China, and North Korea. That doesn’t rule anyone else out, it just means they’re the most likely. These are the countries with the means, motive, and opportunity to get the most out of inside information related to US political thinking.”