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Wednesday, November 2, 2016
Microsoft Says Russian Hackers Exploited Flaw in Windows
and Robert McMillan
Nov. 1, 2016 6:29 p.m. ET
I found this article interesting because of how intense this election cycle has been. I generally stay away from politics, but this year it has been to entertaining to ignore.
Microsoft believes the Russian hackers responsible for hacking computers at the Democratic National Convention are the same individuals who targeted weak areas of Windows and Adobe Flash programs using phishing emails. No one is sure of what the hackers want, but the U.S. government believes that they are interested in gathering sensitive information. What we may see as random unimportant information, hackers tend to save. After gathering a lot of this seemingly unimportant information they can use it to figure things out. Protecting your computer and personal information is harder than ever before.
I am interested to see how this affects business between the US and Russia. If we can't trust the country with something as serious as our politics and elections, I feel that there's nothing they won't do. I hope that the Russian government is seeking out the hackers, so that there can be some faith in the individual citizens that we do business with. Most businesses are small businesses, and I hope that any small business in the US that has dealings with Russia can find a way to continue moving forward without running into any security issues in the future.
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