December 22, 2016

Scholars, infosec experts call for action on Russian hacking

In the wake of reports about Russian involvement in fake news and hacks against political targets leading up to the recent presidential election, scholars and security experts are calling for federal action.

As of Sunday, 158 scholars have signed an open letter calling for a congressional investigation.

“Our country needs a thorough, public Congressional investigation into the role that foreign powers played in the months leading up to November,” the letter said.

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Democrats in Congress have also called for an investigation, and were recently joined by Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham.

Some call for offensive countermeasures, not just investigations

The combined offensive power of the Russian criminal underground and the Russian government itself might be too much for individual enterprises to defend against on their own.

“We need to help fund both private and public sector efforts if we want to reduce the risk to our country of a major cyber event,” said Michael Lipinski, CISO and chief security strategist at Securonix. “Our corporate entities are not financially equipped to combat endless state sponsored actor attacks.”

For example, the United States could fund projects that improve not just defensive capabilities, but offensive ones as well.

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