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Journalists are easy targets for hackers, and that shouldn't surprise anyone

Discussion in 'CSO' started by RSS, Aug 23, 2016.

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    Earlier today, the news broke that Russian intelligence is suspected of hacking journalists at the New York Times and other media outlets. The idea that intelligence agencies would target the media isn't at all surprising. But what may surprise some is how easily a journalist or the company they work for can be targeted.

    There are a number of ways a person can be compromised. This number expands if the individual in question is being targeted by an intelligence agency. Criminals have a limited amount of time and resources at their disposal, but governments have no such restrictions.

    Funny enough, many of the same tricks that led to massive breaches at healthcare organizations, law firms, government agencies, banks, etc. are the things intelligence agencies will use – namely, software vulnerabilities and Phishing.

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