Cyberkrig i den kriminella skuggvärlden blir ett skrämmande – och lukrativ – politiskt vapen.

Plötsligt, på bara några månader har vår uppfattning av Internet förändrats från en positiv omistlig teknologi till ett monster som påverkar alla våra liv och håller på att störta det mäktiga USA utför ett avgrundsstup.

Internets mörka baksida, det mörka nätet, befolkas av en sällsynt samling kriminella element som stjäl och säljer data. Som Matthias Schwartz skriver i en oerhört intressant artikel i New York Times:

Cyberwar for Sale. After a maker of surveillance software was hacked, its leaked documents shed light on a shadowy global industry that has turned email theft into a terrifying — and lucrative — political weapon.

Nearly two years later, John Podesta, chairman of Hillary Clinton’s campaign, was faced with a similar judgment call. An email warned him that someone in Ukraine had tried to access his Gmail account and asked him to click on a button and reset his password. His senior adviser forwarded the email to one of the campaign’s technology experts. “This is a legitimate email,” he replied, in what the expert later would clarify was a simple typing error on his part; he meant to say it was not legitimate. “The gmail one is REAL,” the senior adviser wrote to Podesta and another aide.

And so, like Lagunes, Podesta fell into a trap. The button appeared to lead to an official Google page, but it was in fact a meticulously personalized fake, with a domain address linked to a remote cluster of atolls in the South Pacific. The details were designed to trick Podesta into entering his password. This technique is known as “spear phishing.” It is an especially potent weapon against companies and political organizations because it needs to succeed only one time, against one target. After that, attackers can use the trusted identity of the first compromised account to more easily lure colleagues into opening infected attachments or clicking on malicious links.

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