How polls are hacked: What every business should know

February 11, 2019

The news in January about Michael Cohen’s indictments covers some interesting ground for IT managers and gives security teams something else to worry about: He allegedly paid a big data firm Redfinch Solutions to rig two online polls in then-candidate Donald Trump’s favor. To those of us who have worked with online polls and surveys, this comes as no surprise.

While the Cohen story is big news, it is by no means unique. Surveys have a darker side, as this January report from researchers at RiskIQ documented. They found another survey-based scam that is more insidious and involves a complex series of steps that use cloned YouTube identities to eventually get marks to take surveys to redeem for “free” iPhones.

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