A majority of cybersecurity professionals think cybercriminals are interfering in the U.S. election, and agree with the 2016 Republican Party platform endorsing strike-backs against hackers, a new study from cybersecurity company Tripwire found.
The breach of the Democratic National Committee's computer network and subsequent leaks of sensitive information so close to the U.S. election is the most high-profile way in which cybercriminals are trying to manipulate the election, wrote Tripwire director of IT security and risk strategy Tim Erlin.
The FBI is investigating the hack, which security experts have said would be in keeping with Russian tactics.
Two-thirds of respondents said cybercriminals were influencing the outcome of the upcoming election and the vast majority of respondents — 82 percent — believed that state-sponsored attacks around elections should be considered acts of cyberwar.
Just over half of the respondents — 55 percent — agreed with a proposal in the GOP Party's 2016 platform that would allow victims of such attacks to retaliate by hacking back, a proposal that was widely criticized by many tech experts when it was first revealed in July.