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Cybercrime and Politics

Date: August 10, 2008
Source: Computer Crime Research Center

As citizens of the United States prepare to cast their votes in the upcoming presidential election, the time is right to consider what implications, if any, Internet-borne threats may have on this process. With political candidates increasingly relying on the web to communicate their positions, assemble supporters and respond to critics – Internet-based risks are a serious concern as they can be used to disseminate misinformation, defraud candidates and the public and invade privacy.

Protecting against these risks requires a careful examination of the attack vectors most likely to have an immediate and material effect on an election, which in turn impact votes, candidates or campaign officials. Once individuals and organizations have a better understanding of these risks, they can put in place many of the same tools and processes that have proven effective in providing Internet protection for both consumers and enterprises.
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