Stealthcare Predicts GOP Convention in Cleveland will spark numerous cyber attacks

"The GOP Convention is the next likely target for a major hack, but it probably won't come from hacktivists who are indignant over Donald Trump's confrontational manner and offensive positions," says cybersecurity authority Jeremy Samide, CEO of Stealthcare.

Stealthcare, a global cybersecurity firm headquartered in Cleveland—site of the GOP Convention, July 18-21, is warning businesses to increase their vigilance during this time.

For predictors of a GOP Convention cyber attack, Samide points to, "the recent attack against the Democratic National Committee (DNC) that compromised donor lists and other information. This was not by a hacktivist group but rather all evidence points directly to state-sponsored hackers.

"It makes sense for these hackers to hit the Republican National Committee right before or during its showcase event. The ability of a hacktivist group to disrupt the Trump campaign is nothing compared to the havoc a state-sponsored cyber attack can wreak during the convention. However, I would not underestimate either group. They are both considered elite, extremely capable and dangerous."

Samide also notes, "Ohio Auditor David Yost has alerted local and state agencies to the heightened risk of cyber attacks. The same holds true for businesses. The chance of a state-sponsored cyber attack may seem remote, but with the RNC taking center stage in July, every business and organization needs to fortify its defenses.

For the text of Yost's warning on ransomware and other threats click here.

To keep its clients well informed on the cybersecurity environment, Stealthcare invests heavily in research—collecting intelligence through machine learning, human analytics and tradecraft so that the firm can deliver relevant, vetted information on never-before-seen attack vectors and the evolving arsenal of cyber weapons.

Stealthcare is a cybersecurity trend spotter that predicted the evolution and growing sophistication of malware or Evoware, which became a reality in 2016 and includes new ransomware mutations.

Samide, who lectures worldwide on government, terrorist group, criminal enterprise and lone-wolf cyber threats, says, "Considering the likelihood of continual, state-sponsored hacks, our political parties need to fortify their networks. Both the DNC and RNC are tempting targets—especially now that the candidates have attracted even more attention by coming out swinging in the aftermath of the FBI announcement regarding Clinton's emails."

Samide has supported Department of Defense, U.S. intelligence community, Federal law enforcement agencies and the private sector with cyber defenses for some 15-years. He notes, "Attacks typically increase as political and international tensions rise as they are now. In this environment, both political parties have a duty to protect their networks and build effective cyber defenses. It's not an easy task but it can be done."


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