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Traumatized Democratic National Committee staffers have been trained to prevent being hacked by the same method used to breach the organization during the 2016 U.S. presidential race, the DNC’s chief technology officer, Raffi Krikorian, said Tuesday.
“If we get hacked again it won’t happen like how it happened in 2016,” Mr. Krikorian told CyberScoop.
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“People have such PTSD about what happened in 2016 that there’s a real desire to improve [security] here,” he said in a phone interview. “If we can just raise the baseline security of most people and the campaigns, if we can do the simple things right, than it will have a disproportionally positive effect.”
Hackers breached the DNC and other Democratic targets during the 2016 race by sending malicious emails that ultimately allowed attackers to infiltrate the network and steal thousands of internal documents and emails later published online by WikiLeaks, according to security researchers. U.S. intelligence officials have since assessed with high confidence that Russian state-sponsored hackers carried out the attacks in an attempt to sow discord and disrupt the campaign of President Trump’s opponent, Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.
Mr. Krikorian began subjecting DNC staffers to cybersecurity training last year that involved simulating the “spear-phishing” attacks allegedly used by Russian hackers, Wired previously reported.
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