Russian juggernaut reportedly tried to ‘disrupt’ Wisconsin election commission with banner ad

Russian juggernaut reportedly tried to ‘disrupt’ Wisconsin election commission with banner ad

[Ed. – This is starting to sound so silly now.  Not saying it IS silly.  But it sure sounds silly.]

The Wisconsin Elections Commission (WEC)…quietly issued a press release describing an unsuccessful August 2016 cyberattack that took the form of neither a targeted phishing attack nor an attempt to crack a password, but an ad.

The elections commission said that the state IT division’s protective measures had “blocked an advertisement embedded in a publicly available website from being displayed on a WEC computer.” When the state Department of Enterprise Technology provided the IP address it had blocked to DHS, the agency identified that address as “connected to Russian government cyber actors,” according to the release. …

“This attempt was blocked by our web content filtering tool and no data was exfiltrated,” Michels told TPM. “This blocked content request came on an elections commission network, likely a desktop computer.” …

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Wisconsin blocks tens of thousands of attempts to game its web applications and more than half a million attempts to crack passwords annually, Michels said.

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