As if you need yet another reminder why our local elections and Government are not safe, earlier today, October 30th 2019, “M1rox” of Ghost Squad Hackers announced a hack of the Putnam County State Government of Ohio. Though no data was leaked in conjunction with today’s announcement, the defacement of the counties website indicates that hacker was able to gain full root access over the entire website itself – theoretically along with all of its data.
While the hacker may not necessarily have had any political motives, at least in terms of conducting espionage for other countries, the news comes within weeks of Mississippi’s warning that close to 75% of the states offices are not prepared to mitigate,deflect or handle a cyber attacks again them. Expectedly enough, upon analyzing the website myself, Putnam Counties home website lacks even an SSL. Regardless, as M1rox once again reminds us, our state and local Governments are far from safer as we continue to inch closer towards 1 year until elections.
Deface Mirror: https://defacer.id/archive/mirror/7291500
So, I bring up this research here today for no other reason than the fact that I live in New Hampshire and ironically, am struggling to operate a cyber security business here. Regardless, earlier today I stumbled upon the results of a new study carried out by researchers at Wakefield and Webroot Security, breaking down security habits/practices across the United States. What they uncovered was certainly interesting, to say the least.
For example, according to the data, researchers discovered that the top five safest states across the US in terms of cybersecurity were Mississippi, Louisiana, California, Alaska, and Connecticut – in that order. Consequentially, on the other side of the spectrum, the top 5 least safest states in terms of cybersecurity were found to be Kentucky, Idaho, Ohio, North Dakota, and New Hampshire. As you can imagine, this news was particularly interesting/depressing to me, especially given my situation.
Other Results from The Study:
– 5% of Americans back up their files or file systems.
– 62% of Americans only use free versions of anti-virus software.
– 63% of Americans use the same password across all of their online accounts.
– 64% of Americans don’t secure their social media accounts.
– 80% of Americans have never even heard of the term “Malware” before – let alone understand it.
– Somehow, despite all of these stats, 90% of Americans say they believe they are practicing proper proper cyber security strategies.
Download Study: https://protect-us.mimecast.com/s/afaOCo2vOqfr2VrJqF1E7kb?domain=www-cdn.webroot.com