Cybersecurity Alert: Possible Cyber-Attacks Related to U.S. Election Day

November 7, 2016

Threat Summary

ACA Aponix urges our clients and friends to be on high alert for possible cyber-attacks around or on U.S. Election Day, November 8, 2016. In particular, individuals who may become the target of such attacks include those who have known and public connections to:

  • The election candidates, or
  • Namesake entities related to the candidates (whether business-related or charitable).

Types of cyber-attacks related to the election that could occur include:

  • Hacking attempts to disrupt internet access on Election Day, such as broad distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks like those that occurred on October 21. For example, such an attack could be used to try to prevent voters from looking up their correct polling location.
  • Retaliatory post-election attacks targeted at individuals associated with the elected winner.
  • Phishing campaigns centered around the election, including fraudulent voter registration and online voting links and attachments, and fraudulent “breaking news” stories related to the election.
  • Vishing campaigns seeking last-minute funding support for candidates that are sent by attackers looking to steal recipients' bank account and/or credit card information.

ACA Aponix Recommendations

ACA Aponix encourages clients and friends to be on high alert for potential cyber-attacks, both personal and public, around and on November 8, 2016. In particular, we encourage clients and friends to:

  • Write down polling locations before Election Day.
  • Warn their employees about these threats and encourage them to heavily scrutinize emails and inbound phone calls related to the election.
  • (For firms) Leverage multiple DNS providers to mitigate the risks around DDoS attacks against DNS infrastructure.

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