DNC Hack – The US Department of Justice has reportedly gathered enough evidence to charge at least six Russian government officials for their alleged role in the DNC hack during the 2016 presidential election. With US intelligence agencies concluding that Russia was behind the hack and now Capitol Hill being shown how the likes of Facebook, Instagram and Twitter were all used to favour Donald Trump and influence a nation, the charges against the Russians could come as early as next year. With Vladimir Putin allegedly also ordering the hack personally, dozens of other Russian officials may also have participated but Putin and the Russian government deny this accusation. FireEye, who investigated the incident also identified hacking tools and techniques normally associated with Fancy Bear, a state-sponsored hacking group of the Russian military intelligence. However, despite the charges against them, the six Russian officials will not be prosecuted in the US as it does not have an extradition agreement with Russia.
London Art Galleries Beware – Cyber-criminals appear to be targeting art galleries and dealers in an email scam that has already claimed some victims. After breaking into an art dealer’s email accounts and carefully monitoring outgoing messages, they send buyers duplicated invoices after intercepting the originals with the bank details changed to the hacker’s own accounts. The Rosenfeld Porcini gallery in London was one of the organisations that fell victim to the scam after agreeing the sale of an artwork. The best way currently to mitigate this threat is to enable two-factor authentication on all your accounts and check with the seller before sending any money across to an unknown bank account.