Wednesday, July 11, 2018

New Election Meddling Overseas

Hackers believed to be Linked to the Chinese Government recently broke into Cambodian Organizations involved in the Country's Upcoming Elections, according to U.S. based Cybersecurity firm FireEye.

The New Revelations are a sign that the Chinese Espionage Group is expanding Operations beyond its usual Targets, which have included Defense and Maritime Organizations in the U.S. and Europe.

The Hackers successfully Breached Multiple Entities in Cambodia involved in Government Operations and the Country's Upcoming General Elections, which are Scheduled for July 29th, according to Researchers at FireEye who Analyzed Command and Control Servers used to Launch Malware in the Attacks. The Cybersecurity firm also Tracked a separate Phishing Email Campaign Targeting Opposition Figures in Cambodia.

"The targeting of the election commission is particularly significant, given the critical role it plays in facilitating voting," FireEye said in Research Published late Tuesday. "There is not yet enough information to determine why the organization was compromised – simply gathering intelligence or as part of a more complex operation."

Ben Read, Senior Manager of Cyberespionage Analysis at FireEye, said that the Firm has "high confidence" the Group is acting on behalf of Beijing's Government.

The Details come amid Heightened Awareness of Foreign Influence Efforts targeting Elections, following Russia's Alleged Campaign to Meddle in the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election. As part of the effort, Moscow-Linked Hackers Targeted State Election Systems, and in Two Case Penetrated Voter Databases in Florida and Illinois.

In some Cases, the Hackers did not change the current Elections but changed Voter Databases for Future Elections.

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