The Associated Press has a very interesting piece that looks at how Russian hackers that are believed to be associated with the authorities targeted and hacked over 200 journalists around the world. The journalists in question had often been working on issues that ran counter to the goals of the Russian government. Many of them had personal messages published online.
The AP identified journalists as the third-largest group on a hacking hit list obtained from cybersecurity firm Secureworks, after diplomatic personnel and U.S. Democrats. About 50 of the journalists worked at The New York Times. Another 50 were either foreign correspondents based in Moscow or Russian reporters like Lobkov who worked for independent news outlets. Others were prominent media figures in Ukraine, Moldova, the Baltics or Washington.
This is definitely worth reading in full.
A key take away from this is that you have any data on a cloud anywhere in the world, it is vulnerable to hacking.
Ekaterina Vinokurova, one of those targeted, says she regularly deletes her emails – something to consider, and worth mentioning to clients.
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