|[December 05, 2018]
ERI's John Shegerian Points to Cyberattack on National Republican Congressional Committee as Warning that 'Nobody is Safe'
On the heels of news this week that the campaign organization for House
Republicans was the victim of a cyberattack that exposed email accounts
to an unknown hacker during the 2018 election cycle, John Shegerian,
Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of ERI,
the nation's leading recycler of electronic waste and the world's
largest cybersecurity-focused hardware destruction company, has claimed
that individuals, businesses, government agencies and even our national
security is at an escalated level of risk.
It is not known whether a foreign government was behind the intrusion
into the computer networks of the National Republican Congressional
Committee, according to reports. But according to an interview an
anonymous insider provided to the Washington Post yesterday, the
intruder was "sophisticated, based on their tactics and methods," and
the intrusion "was clearly designed to hide the tracks of who it was."
"The NRCC can confirm that it was the victim of a cyber intrusion by an
unknown entity," National Republican Congressional Committee spokesman
Ian Prior told Fox News. "The cybersecurity of the committee's data is
paramount, and upon learning of the intrusion, the NRCC immediately
launched an internal investigation and notified the FBI, which is now
investigating the matter."
Shegerian noted that the cyberattack serves as a powerful reminder tht
in today's climate, anyone is at risk for an invasion of private data
and information. To combat that risk, Shegerian said, it has become
urgently important to account for data on discarded hardware as well as
cyberspace data protections.
"As specialists at the top level scramble to find new ways to protect
data from cyber invasions, it is also crucial to protect our hardware,
which often contains the most sensitive information," said Shegerian.
"When a device is responsibly recycled here in the US, part of that
process should always include complete, physical data destruction.
Guaranteed data destruction is key. Some companies - even government
agencies - believe their data is being wiped when they drop devices off
for recycling and that is not always the case. Also, unethical and
illegal shipping of e-waste abroad has become an additional layer to the
hardware security issue because it leads to the wholesale liquidation of
our national security and the privacy of the corporations and
individuals of the United States. Recycling these devices is important,
but it must be done the right way."
Shegerian added that mining of data on discarded devices is a huge and
unchecked part of the data theft problem, explaining that hardware
hacking is more common than ever because so many organizations that
claim to recycle electronics and destroy data are actually shipping the
devices abroad. He also noted that ERI currently provides the only
dually certified nationwide solution offering 100 percent guaranteed
data destruction for consumer electronics devices, e-waste, and hardware.
ERI is the largest fully integrated IT and electronics asset
disposition provider and cybersecurity-focused hardware destruction
company in the United States. ERI is dual-certified
to de-manufacture, recycle, and refurbish every type of electronic
device in an environmentally responsible manner. ERI has the capacity to
process more than a billion pounds of electronic waste annually at its
eight certified locations, serving every zip code in the United States.
ERI's mission is to protect organizations, people and the environment.
For more information about e-waste recycling and ERI, call
1-800-ERI-DIRECT or visit https://eridirect.com.
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