State Library Ed. Note: Story includes content regarding the efforts of state elections officials to defend against hacking attempts.
It’s hard to defend against these simple attacks.
At first glance, the techniques Russian military intelligence agents used to penetrate Democratic organizations during the 2016 elections may seem less potent now that they’ve been revealed.
But experts say they’re as big a threat now as they were two years ago. Russian agents are likely to continue using the same simple techniques such as spearphishing — posing as a trusted source in an email to gain access to private information — that allowed them to infiltrate computer systems as part of the Kremlin’s election interference campaign.