We’re going to be hearing a lot more about the hack of the US government
The more details that come out, the worse this is getting. US intelligence says Russian hackers are behind this highly sophisticated attack.
How’d they do it? Simply, they managed to first hack and embed malicious code in a trusted piece of software used to manage their IT networks. It was undetected, then activated and started sending data. US government agencies and branches of the military have all been infiltrated. Major Fortune 100 companies are also on the list.
President Donald Trump hasn’t addressed this at all. Incoming President Joe Biden is going to need to deal with it.
Speaking of hacks.. you have some items we should be adding to our holiday to-do lists
+ Change your passwords or even better use a password manager - 1Password, LastPass, Dashlane. At bare minimum have three passwords - your email password, a different password for important services, then a password for less important services.
+ Turn on 2 Factor Authentication on your email account. Remember that if someone can get into your email, they can then reset any account on any service where you use that email address. You should use 2 Factor Authentication on any service that allows it.
+ Make sure your files are backed up.
Look into services such as Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive, Dropbox to store copies online. Get an external hard drive, fill it up, and store it somewhere secure that’s not your house.
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