Electronic Specifier: Hackers trade emails and passwords of British politicians

June 27, 2017 — Hackers trade emails and passwords of British politicians

Ryan Wilk comments on a new report from The Times that hackers are trading email addresses and passwords belonging to thousands of British politicians, ambassadors and other top officials online.

This latest instance of phishing-style malware is a good reminder to consumers to not trust third-party sites, and to go to their phones’ app store or vendors’ sites for apps and updates. Just as consumers have learned to not accept unsolicited phone calls and emails from banks, the same applies to software downloads. These phishing schemes are all about capturing data. At the core, these schemes look to steal users’ authentication credentials and other sensitive information.

“Any company using authentication needs to move toward newer and more secure techniques such as passive biometrics and behavioral analytics that can determine if the expected human user is accessing and transacting on the account– effectively negating the value of these types of phishing schemes and malware.

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