Currently, politicians are being targeted by hackers. The more politicians enjoy using technology and internet they can get hacked. In 2016 General election in Ghana the electoral commission website went down. In 2020 General election the fear is that politicians have been targeted by hackers. Cyber attackers have target politicians email accounts and social media handles.
Hackers are using different methods to reach their goal, such as phishing, spear-phishing, social engineering. And the use of malware and remotely controlled Trojans. Politicians need to be security-aware, and realize that they might one day be targeted by hackers, especially when an election is about to take place. Protecting from any type of intrusion, cyber or other, is more vital than ever.
Why Hackers are targeting politicians
Hacktivism is the use of technology to promote a political agenda or a social change. Many hackers will target some politicians because of hacktivism. Because of what happen on 2016 Ghana General elections most hackers will be contracted to be spying and monitoring their activities in the cyberspace.
A major example is a hacktivist group called Anonymous who have been popular around the world for challenging and taking down many governments. These hackers can target religious groups, governments, movements, to promote a particular agenda.
One of the most common reasons for hackers to hack politicians is to steal or leak information. This could be data and information about your political party, your own private life affairs that have got nothing to do with your political life. These are cases where hackers typically go after big targets in order to get the most attention.
Most times, hackers also steal data in order to assume your personal identity and then use it for something else like transferring money, taking a loan, etc. Such incidents have increased after Internet banking and mobile banking have started to become more popular. With the growth of smartphones and mobile devices, the potential for monetary gain through hacking has also increased.
Make a Point
Hackers somethings want to make a point to the general public. After the 2016 general election issues about hacking emerged, hackers for the past years have not focus on hacking election because it was not digital but now it has come into their field. 2020 election hackers will want their presence be felt so they might start to target our politicians to make a point.
What Can You Do To Be Safe
Politicians often tend to give it away rather easily because they think they will not be hacked. Some of them also have a reactive nature where they’d only do something once a situation arises. The fact is that hacks happen all the time. They’ve been happening for years and they’ve only increased with time. It happens to many politicians but they do not come out to tell the public about what they go through.
One of the best things you can do as a politician is to proactively test the security of all your interaction entities – websites, mobile apps, networks, emails, social media accounts etc.
Stop clicking unknow links to avoid phishing attack.
Do not entrust social media with your private information, know the things your post on social media and website.
Be updating your devices to avoid know vulnerabilities
My security message to you is that internet never forget be very mindful of what you post.
Source: David Gyedu (The Cyber Zone)