Protected Voices: Have You Been Hacked?

Protected Voices: Have You Been Hacked?


Hi, I’m Ronnee, a staff operations specialist
with the FBI. Today I’m going to talk about possible indicators
that your computer system or devices may have been hacked. However, before delving into those, I want
to emphasize the importance of adhering to the cybersecurity principles outlined in the
other videos in this series. Chances are, by the time you realize that
your systems may have been compromised, the attacker has likely already taken most or
all of your data and information. Indicators, or symptoms, that your computer
or devices have been hacked can vary from nothing identifiable to the most obvious,
like getting a ransomware message or having your financial accounts drained. Some of the more blatant indicators include: Your password not working. While this may be a temporary issue with an
Internet connection or a requested website having technical issues, it could also been
an instance which an attacker has hijacked your account and changed the password. People receive emails or social media invites
from you which you did not send. Maybe you get large number of pop up advertisements. Or you get fake antivirus messages. You have unexplained online activity. You have new browser toolbars, applications,
or software which you do not recognize or didn’t install. There are also indicators related to how your
computer or device is behaving. For example: your device suddenly slows down,
you see a marked increase in data usage, your device randomly restarts, or you’re experiencing
redirected Internet searches. Attackers will also use subtle ways to avoid
detection. You may notice that your security software
or anti-virus has been somehow turned off. Your security settings on your device may
have been changed, your logging or registry editor may have been disabled, or system settings
may have been altered or disabled. Trying to identify if you have been hacked,
and what may have been compromised, is a difficult task. Even large corporations with large financial
resources dedicated to cybersecurity fall victim. We hear or read about these incidents all
of the time. Campaigns shouldn’t hesitate to hire professional
cybersecurity experts, just as you would hire professional video services for a campaign
ad or catering services for a fundraising event. Make sure you do your own research to identify
a reputable firm. Hardening your systems against attacks and
thereby making yourself a harder target for would-be cyber attackers is absolutely critical. Use other videos in this series to enhance
your campaign’s cybersecurity posture and awareness. Remember, your voice matters, so protect it.

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