Dmitri Alperovitch

  • A Simple Security Update Could Have Prevented Ransomware Attack

    A cyberattack that has crippled 200,000 computers in more than 150 countries could have been prevented had the victims conducted a simple security update.

    “One of the lessons learned here is that people just do not patch their systems,” said Dmitri Alperovitch, a nonresident senior fellow in the Cyber Statecraft Initiative of the Atlantic Council’s Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security.

    “The reality is: the vulnerability that was exploited was not a zero-day vulnerability,” he said.

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  • Russian Cyber Attacks in the United States Will ‘Intensify’

    Russian intelligence hacked the Democratic National Committee’s network, says Atlantic Council’s Dmitri Alperovitch

    Russian intelligence services hacked the Democratic National Committee’s computer network and accessed opposition research on Donald Trump, according to the Atlantic Council’s Dmitri Alperovitch.

    Two Russian groups—codenamed FancyBear and CozyBear—have been identified as spearheading the DNC breach.

    “We have a very high-level of confidence that these are Russian intelligence services—both of them. We have a medium-level of confidence that FancyBear is GRU,” said Alperovitch, a senior fellow with the Council’s Cyber Statecraft Initiative, referring to Russia’s military intelligence agency. 

    Alperovitch is chief technology officer at CrowdStrike, the cybersecurity firm that investigated the DNC breach. Senior DNC officials noticed suspicious network activity in April and called in CrowdStriketo identify the culprits and bolster the committee’s cyber defense.

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  • Alperovitch Quoted by Voice of America on Democratic National Committee Hacking


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  • Alperovitch Quoted by the Washington Post on Russia Hacking the DNC


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  • Cyber Experts Weigh in on Threat of Chinese Cyber Espionage

    In order to further the discussion of Chinese cyber threats, on June 24, the Atlantic Council’s Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security hosted Mr. Dmitri Alperovitch, co-founder and CTO of CrowdStrike Inc.; Dr. James Mulvenon, vice president of the Intelligence Division of Defense Group, Inc.; and Dr. Gregory Rattray, CEO and founding partner of Delta Risk. This discussion took place at The Army and Navy Club Ballroom and was moderated by The Hon. Frank Kramer, distinguished fellow at the Atlantic Council.
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