A Cyberattack Will Impact the 2016 Presidential Election
To be fair, this prediction was prefaced with a "long-shot" descriptor tag, but it's still bold as heck. This comes from Ryan Olson, director of threat intelligence for Palo Alto Networks, who says that even though US citizens don't vote online, there are plenty of ways that a cyberattack could impact the outcome of an election-directly or indirectly--giving the election a "significant cyber 'nudge.'"
"An attacker may release embarrassing information about a candidate at a critical junction, swaying public opinion or forcing them to exit the race. Releasing private e-mails, photos or documents could be very damaging and could be accomplished using a simple phishing e-mail," says Olson, who notes that attackers could also hijack candidate's social media accounts or even hijack major news outlets to spread false information. "Voting machines are far from immune to attack, but I suspect this is the least-likely way the election will be impacted.
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