Regardless of what side of the political divide they might be on the Mueller report published by the Department of Justice makes for fascinating reading for cybersecurity professionals. It’s rare indeed that such level of detail concerning how a phishing campaign was launched against a specific high-ranking individual, along with the subsequent mayhem that ensued, gets so publicly shared.
The Mueller Report specifically provides a chronological list of the attacks employed by Russian operatives to influence the outcome of the 2016 presidential campaign, including:
- On March 19, 2016, Russian hackers sent John Podesta, campaign chairman for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton a spearphishing email designed to trick him into thinking that Google was urging him to reset his Gmail password. Podesta clicked the link and entered his current password, giving the hackers the keys to his account. The report says that two days later Russian hackers collected more than 50,000 email messages from Podesta’s Gmail account.
- The Russian hackers also sent similar spear phishing messages at other Clinton campaign officials, including campaign manager Robby Mook and an unnamed “a senior foreign policy advisor.”
Mike Vizard has covered IT for more than 25 years, and has edited or contributed to a number of tech publications including InfoWorld, eWeek, CRN, Baseline, ComputerWorld, TMCNet and Digital Review. He currently blogs for IT Business Edge and contributes to CIOinsight, The Channel Insider, Programmableweb and Slashdot. Mike also blogs about emerging cloud technology for SmarterMSP.