In her latest op-ed for Infosecurity Magazine, 4iQ CEO Monica Pal explores the weaponization of data breaches, which has contributed to numerous misinformation campaigns in recent years. Especially leading up to election season, these campaigns create distrust within communities and across nations, and ultimately put democracy at risk.
Cybercriminals are targeting government agencies all over the world to exfiltrate personal information, and surreptitiously aggregate extensive troves of data. Combined with publicly available data, bad actors create powerful new sources of intelligence to advance their position in a Global Cyber Cold War.
Much of the response will be played out in the cyber domain, fueled by data breaches and resulting in attacks that create another wave of data breaches – where both the target and collateral damage are our individual privacy and our nation’s democracy.