Is Cyberwarfare Any Less Real?
Hackers have targeted our credit cards when we shop at Target and Home Depot. They have compromised our banks by hacking JP Morgan Chase, one of the largest financial institutions. Entertainment giant Sony faced a devastating breach that shook the corporation up and led to executives leaving their posts. The Office of Personnel Management faced a demoralizing and high security breach when government employee credentials were compromised. Seems like the only news topic that has not succumbed to hacking headlines is politics…until now.
Politicians in glass houses
Presidential hopeful, Donald Trump, has made a campaign career of speaking his mind but maybe he went too far in recent public statements. He went almost so far as to congratulate the Russians on hacking the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC). He then told reporters he would welcome the Russians’ help in unveiling tens of thousands more private emails of his rival for president, Hillary Clinton. He walked back his comments the next morning as being sarcastic in nature but that didn’t stop many in both political parties to take a second look at Trump’s patriotism.
Meanwhile, the democrats and Hillary Clinton have been altogether silent on the issue. Between the Hillary email scandals, DNC and DCCC hacks, any reminder of cybersecurity as it pertains to democrats has become a sore spot with potential voters. Recent CNN poll shows that 68% believe Clinton isn’t honest and trustworthy – her worst recorded poll number. So the Clinton campaign is silent on cybersecurity while Trump says a lot but seems to know nothing about cybersecurity either.
In a New York Times piece, David Sanger interviews Trump on cyberattacks but gets little more than vague responses from the candidate including “Cyber is absolutely a thing of the future and the present. Look, we’re under cyberattack, forget about them. And we don’t even know where it’s coming from.” and “Yes. I am a fan of the future, and cyber is the future.” So maybe Trump is really saying nothing because he doesn’t know anything or is he just trying to be vague in order to stay off the hacker’s radar? Who are the hackers?