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A map of the imaginary city Nolandia, part of an election hacking exercise this week in Boston.

Podcast Episode 113: SAP CSO Justin Somaini and Election Hacks – No Voting Machines Required!

Everybody worries about hacked voting machines. But an exercise in Boston last week showed how hackers can compromise the vote without ever touching an election system. Also: October is just around the corner and that means Cyber Security Awareness Month is upon us. So what are top cyber security professionals “aware of” these days? We talk with Justin Somaini the Chief Security Officer at SAP to find out.

Russ Rustici of Cybereason presents a new set of developments to participants of an election hacking exercise in Boston.

In Boston Exercise, Election Hackers Bypass Voting Machines

At an exercise in Boston that imagined a cyber attack designed to disrupt an important election in a “swing state,” voting machines were not an issue.  It’s election day in Nolandia, an imaginary, mid-sized U.S. city in a key “swing” state, and things are not going as planned – at least for government officials. The day started with snarled traffic and a suspicious outage of the 9-1-1 emergency call center that has put the public and first responders on edge. Already, the city’s police force was taxed keeping tabs on protests tied to a meeting of the International Monetary Fund. By afternoon, the federal Emergency Alert System (EAS) was warning Nolandia residents of massive natural gas leaks in neighborhoods in the north and west part of the city, prompting officials to order evacuations of the affected areas. Later, bomb threats called in to local television stations shut down a bridge linking […]

Mira botnet infections globally. (Image courtesy of Imperva.)

Mirai Creators Cooperate with Feds to Avoid Prison

The three 20-something-year-old creators of the Mirai botnet have cooperated with the federal investigators on their case to avoid jail time. The three men–Paras Jha, 22, of Fanwood, New Jersey; Josiah White, 21, of Washington, Pennsylvania; and Dalton Norman, 22, of Metairie, Louisiana–were sentenced by a federal judge in Alaska to serve a five-year period of probation, perform 2,500 hours of community service, and pay restitution in the amount of $127,000. They also have voluntarily abandoned significant amounts of cryptocurrency seized during the course of the investigation. Jha White, and Norman also have another caveat to their sentences–they have to continue to provide relevant info on cybercrime and cybersecurity investigations to the FBI and to the greater security research community at large, something they’ve already been doing to keep themselves out of jail for their crimes, according to a press release on their sentencing. “The plea agreement with the young offenders […]