Experts say ransomware could be bigger threat for campaigns in 2022

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Jun 8, 2022 | CYBERSCOOP

With the 2022 election season around the corner, campaigns of all sizes need to be prepared for a widened set of potential cybersecurity risks, experts say.

“A risk that I am most fearful of is the growing trend of ransomware attacks,” said Ethan Chumley, senior security strategist for critical institutions for Microsoft, at a 2022 RSA Conference panel Wednesday.

Chumley says that while so far the threat hasn’t been a big issue for the industry, the spike in attacks globally should put campaigns on guard.

That isn’t the only evolving threat campaigns face. Grace Hoyt, who runs Google’s account security partnerships, pointed to the growing threat of surveillance-for-hire technology such as spyware from companies like the NSO Group. Security researchers have already identified such campaigns on a global stage, including elections in Poland and Mexico.

“A unique thing about the campaign risk space is, it’s personal.”

Alissa Starzak, CLoudflare

Still, the top threat for campaigns remains phishing attacks like the one that allowed Russian hackers to access the email account of Hilary Clinton’s 2016 campaign chairman John Podesta. Chumley says that Microsoft has observed attackers targeting not just candidates’ and

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