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Blame Game Continues: Donald Trump denies Russia’s possible hacking into the US political system

U.S government actively encourages organizations to have good anti-virus protections due to Russia's possible hacking into the system

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Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump told an interviewer on a Russian TV network that he doubts Russia was involved. Wikimedia
  • FBI told Arizona election officials that Russians had hacked into their system
  • Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump told an interviewer on a Russian TV network that he doubts Russia was involved
  • Russian President Vladimir Putin denies any connection to the cyberattacks

The controversy still rages over Russia’s possible hacking into computer systems used by American political entities. Defence Secretary Ash Carter has warned Russia not to try to interfere with the U.S general election in November. Yet Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump says he doubts that Russia is involved.

The election — the heart of U.S democracy — is at the center of the debate. But before we tell you how … a little background.

The system is decentralized. Votes are collected where people live, and then each state sets up its own security, in its own electoral system, to tabulate its votes. This method is intended to reduce fraud.

So imagine the shock when the FBI told Arizona election officials that Russians had hacked into their system. Experts also blame Russia for hacking into Democratic party emails.

A former U.S ambassador to Georgia and Kazakhstan, William Courtney, writes that Russia will be seen as a “rogue elephant” if it continues its disruptions.

“Great powers have to work with each other to accomplish objectives. So the United States and China are working together on the global warming issue. A great power can’t exist in isolation,” said Courtney.

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump told an interviewer on a Russian TV network that he doubts Russia was involved, and Russian President Vladimir Putin denies any connection to the cyberattacks.

Democratic Senator Ben Cardin believes any attacks would have to have been approved by key leaders.

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“You have to believe that at the highest levels, that these strategies have been agreed to,” said Cardin.

The worry now for Republican Senator Bob Corker is of any Russian tampering in the general election, which will choose the next U.S president.

“If they can demonstrate that … maybe they affected it, obviously that creates distrust in the outcome, [and] instability, so that’s a big win for them,” said Corker.

Remember the separate state electoral systems? Courtney suggests the Department of Homeland Security should protect election systems as part of the nation’s “critical infrastructures.”

“That would mean that the U.S government will be actively involved to encourage those organizations that have good cyber hygiene, to have good anti-virus protections and other things,” said Courtney.

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But that may be too late to do that for the presidential election, now less than 60 days away. (VOA)

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Smart Bulbs Can Steal Personal Information Through Hacking

Now researchers have conducted a review of the security holes that exist in popular smart-light brands

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The owner might not know about the hack because the Hacking commands are communicated within the owner's home Wi-Fi network, without using the internet. Pixabay

Smart bulbs are expected to be a popular purchase. But could lighting your home open up your personal information to hackers? Now a new study from an Indian-origin researcher shows that the hacker’s next prime target could be that smart bulb for Hacking your Personal Information.

Some smart bulbs connect to a home network without needing a smart home hub, centralised hardware or software device where another internet of things (IoT) products communicate with each other.

Smart home hubs, which connect either locally or to the cloud, are useful for IoT devices that use the Zigbee or Z-Wave protocols or Bluetooth, rather than Wi-Fi.

“Your smart bulb could come equipped with infrared capabilities, and most users don’t know that the invisible wave spectrum can be controlled. You can misuse those lights,” said study lead author Murtuza Jadliwala, Professor from the University of Texas at San Antonio in the US.

“Any data can be stolen: texts or images. Anything that is stored in a computer,” Jadliwala added.

Earlier this year Amazon’s Echo made global headlines when it was reported that consumers’ conversations were recorded and heard by thousands of employees.

Now researchers have conducted a review of the security holes that exist in popular smart-light brands.

According to the analysis, the next prime target could be the smart bulb that shoppers buy.

If these same bulbs are also infrared-enabled, hackers can send commands via the infrared invisible light emanated from the bulbs to either steal data or spoof other connected IoT devices on the home network, the study said.

The owner might not know about the hack because the hacking commands are communicated within the owner’s home Wi-Fi network, without using the internet.

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Smart bulbs are expected to be a popular purchase. But could lighting your home open up your personal information to hackers? Now a new study from an Indian-origin researcher shows that the hacker’s next prime target could be that smart bulb for Hacking Personal Information. Pixabay

Smart bulbs have moved beyond novelty to a lucrative mature market. Last year consumers spent close to $8 billion, and that amount is expected to more than triple to $28 billion in less than a decade.

“These bulbs are now poised to become a much more attractive target for exploitation even though they have very simple chips,” Jadliwala said.

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Jadliwala recommends that consumers opt for bulbs that come with a smart home hub rather than those that connect directly to other devices. (IANS)