July 15 — While delegates arrive at the political conventions wearing their elaborate hats and waiving signs for their presidential nominee, little do they realize that they may be targets of a cyberattack, privacy and security professionals told Bloomberg BNA.

The Republican and Democratic presidential conventions will host political dignitaries, celebrities, delegates, presidential nominees and even hackers. Just like any large event, the size and scope of the nominating conventions make them prime targets for cyberattacks, privacy and security pros said.

These hackers may be hacktivists that hijack Twitter to send political messages or cybercriminals that attempt to make big bucks off ransomware attacks, phishing schemes or other cyberattacks. Regardless of the intent of hackers, the U.S. Secret Service, in conjunction with other law enforcement agencies and event security, will try to thwart cybersecurity threats.

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