These hacks and data breaches broke records in 2016

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We’ve been saying this for many years: This year’s cyberattacks dwarfed last year’s. And in this regard, 2016 was no exception. From online fraud to account takeovers and data breaches, and everything else, attacks were dished out in bigger sizes and higher frequencies than before.

Some trends such as ransomware and DDoS attacks dominated the headlines, but that was not all 2016 had in stock. While experts might differ on which were the biggest hacks of the year, there’s no denying that the following four cases were really unprecedented in their own kind. Continue reading

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Is social media helping or stalling democracy?

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A lot of people are blaming last week’s victory of Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton in the U.S. presidential elections on social media, namely Facebook and to some extent Twitter, and their lack of control over the propagation of fake news.

Long story short, despite the results, they believe the American people wanted to elect Clinton, but propaganda and fake news sites promoted on social media led to Trump becoming the next president of the United States. At the very least, what it did was make things murky enough to disrupt the democratic process and trigger widespread protests across the country. Continue reading

What are the cyberthreats against elections?

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As we close in on the 2016 U.S. presidential elections, the issue of cybersecurity threats is becoming increasingly serious. The not-so-recent hack of the DNC computer network, alleged to be the work of the Russian government, is only a sample of what might be coming, and a reminder of how vulnerable the electoral system, one of the main tenets of U.S. democracy, can be.

There are many ways the elections can be literally tampered—or swayed in directions that will serve the interests of specific domestic or foreign parties—through cyberattacks or online vandalism, and what can ensue is the total loss of trust on the results of the elections and the underlying infrastructure that supports it. Continue reading