Several other cybersecurity experts noted that Trickbot could have been used to attack the election even if there’s little evidence. Botnets can be used to overwhelm servers through denial-of-service attacks, said Jack Mannino, CEO at nVisium, an application security provider. Also, the Trickbot’s offering of ransomware as a service was a threat, he said .

“Ransomware as a service reduces the difficulty in maintaining ransomware infrastructure and launching attacks, evening the playing field for less skilled adversaries,” he said. “Groups can scale their ransomware operations by writing less code and requiring less technical expertise to deliver malware.”

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