The cyber attack launched earlier this week against several Russian governmental agencies, tied to the internet security issues discussed by the U.S. presidential candidates during Wednesday's debate is a strong sign these two topics will be intrinsically linked going forward.
“We're seeing an increase in the use of attack attribution as a political gambit. The discussion, though brief, of China's cyber-attacks on the U.S. in last night's Republican presidential debate is certainly one aspect of this new frontier for information security, but this kind of public pronouncement of culpability from Russia is another,” said Tim Erlin, director of IT security and risk strategy at Tripwire in an email Thursday to SCMagazine.com.
According to Reuters, the Kremlin said the attack, which took place last weekend, targeted that nation's election commission website.
"We should expect that cybersecurity will continue to be an important topic in politics,” Erlin said.