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Politics and cybercrime

Date: October 12, 2007

As the presidential race of 2008 nears, there appear to be very few certainties that can be applied to the political runoff.

Beyond the fact that President George W. Bush's tumultuous tenure in the Oval Office will come to a close -- and that e-voting technologies will likely come under a new wave of fire from security researchers -- one other concrete detail appears to be that malware authors, phishers and other assorted cyber-scum will attempt to take advantage of interest in the election to deliver a new wave of attacks.

Last week, Carnegie Mellon University's CyLab project hosted the Anti-Phishing Working Group's eCrime Researchers Summit. As part of the event, a panel of experts including Symantec researcher Oliver Friedrichs debated the various methods that online assailants will employ to aim their wares at unsuspecting voters.

In a blog post on the company's Web site, Friedrichs outlined some of the conclusions that he and the other experts arrived at regarding the upcoming political-security firestorm. The other panelists were Rachna Dhamija from Harvard University, Chris Soghoian from Indiana University, and Pat Clarke of Jackson/Clark Partners.
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