Russia Ratcheting Up Hacking Our Mid-Term Elections

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Russia Ratcheting Up Hacking Our Mid-Term Elections

It will get worse before it gets better. Russia continues to make efforts to undermine our elections. Meanwhile, the President is blaming a 400 lb. man instead of his BFF Vladimir Putin.

Instagram users were recently hacked. There was a spike in the search term “Instagram Hacked.”  Senator Bill Nelson from Florida claims several counties have already been hacked.

Instagram users for reasons unknown have been locked out of their accounts and their accounts linked to “.ru” Russian domain email address.

Now, Microsoft has uncovered more hacking attempts by Russian groups. The latest was a “spoof” on the Hudson Institute and the International Republican Institute.

Emails were sent with links to phony sites that were a spin-off from the real name. The names were as follows: my-iri.org, hudsonorg-my-sharepoint.com, senate.group, adfs-senate.services, adfs-senate.email and office365-onedrive.com.

The Russian group associated with the hacking is known as Fancy Bear. Microsoft will be providing free account protection to all candidates and campaign officials that use Microsoft Word 365.

What You Can Do to Protect Yourself

First and foremost, you should have a two-step verification system. What this means is before you login, you are sent a text message with a code you have to use to login. While the system is not 100% fool-proof, it is another hurdle for hackers.

In addition, don’t click any links sent to you via email. Go to that link yourself, not via a clickable link. I constantly receive links to update my password with Bank of America where I don’t have an account. But, if I did, I would go the bank website myself.

This is why I advocate voting early to avoid any potential disruption or chaos on election day.

Alexander Hernandez, Esq.
Twitter @mcatty_alex

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