On December 23, 2020, Jeremy Grant was quoted on CNBC about efforts to protect the 2020 election from cyberattacks.
According to the article, in 2016, a hacking group thought to be connected to Russia attacked the personal email account of John Podesta, chairman of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, and email messages turned up on WikiLeaks. The Democratic National Committee was also attacked. The incidents became a turning point.
One thing that changed in the past four years: Politicians, campaign workers, and their friends and family members started counting on little USB sticks known as physical security keys to securely log in to email accounts and other online services.
“There wasn’t a Podesta-like story because this stuff works,” said Grant. “Not that there weren’t attempts to phish these accounts, but they knew this was coming, and there were tools to block them.”
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