2020 Presidential Candidates Remain Vulnerable to Email Fraud Despite Increased Warnings

Inbox Intrusion Possible as Attacks Target Candidates

When the Report on the Investigation into Russian Interference in the 2016 Presidential Election, better known as the Mueller Report, was released, the investigators squarely pointed to spear phishing as the primary attack vector for Russian hackers seeking to gain access to email credentials or other sensitive information.

Imposter Syndrome Continues as Candidates Fail DMARC

Unfortunately, candidates must not only be concerned about email directed to them and their campaign staff. There is a far more dangerous email threat that targets donors, voters, and the media. Imagine the damage that can be done by emails that appear to come from the legitimate domain of the candidate, but actually come from a malicious criminal who uses that domain to spread false information to potential voters.

Protection Still Needed on the Path to Victory

Given the enormous importance of the email channel in campaign communications, fundraising, and more, we expected to see more movement quarter-over-quarter. Nonetheless, the Federal Election Commission (FEC) ruled on July 11th that political campaigns can accept discounted cybersecurity services from companies without running afoul of existing campaign finance laws. With this ruling, we should expect to see advancements across the board in the next quarter.



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