An independent archive is a truth countermeasure to hacked email accounts

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An independent archive is a truth countermeasure to hacked email accounts by Greg Arnette
Are you protected? Email security breaches are on the rise and in the news.

Russian hackers used a fake Gmail password web form to steal Democratic National Committee (DNC) email records from senior personnel. This is a typical phishing attack scenario, where an unsuspecting email user opens a message believing it to be from Google; the message contains familiar-looking logos and links to a password form that allows the hackers to collect the unwitting user’s password. This compromise also allows hackers to view all email and all Google docs, spreadsheets and presentations.

The Russian hackers apparently gave the stolen email records to WikiLeaks, which is releasing the information in small chunks to maximize media coverage. Drip, drip, drip…

The interesting development is the speculation that some of the records may have been altered to appear more damaging and misleading to cause more political harm to the DNC.

In one example, a hacker known as MassRafTer on Twitter created fake documents to look like the WikiLeaks data to stir up more controversy. These fake documents are now trending on Twitter.

When you archive your email data using immutable WORM-compliant storage, there’s a permanent record and never any doubt about who really said what, did what or when.

An independent cloud archive is a great countermeasure to hacked emails, so that the truth can be proven.

It’s like truth serum.


— Greg Arnette is the founder and CTO of Sonian. Follow Greg on Twitter for more information about email, collaboration, big data management, cloud computing, start-ups and more.


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