We are learning that a typo in an email sent by a top Clinton aide may have presented the opening hackers needed to get into Hillary Clinton’s servers.
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In the months leading up to Election Day, the hacker group WikiLeaks commenced a slow rollout of tens of thousands of emails culled from Clinton campaign chief John Podesta’s email account. Many of the messages found in the cache of emails were embarrassing, some were troubling, and others seemed to even show activity verging on the criminal.
The thousands of emails added to the slow trickle of bad publicity that engulfed team Clinton in the final months of her second losing campaign for president.
But now it looks like an email telling campaign chief John Podesta to change his password was the opening hackers were looking for to get into the whole system, according to The New York Times.
The original email was an illegitimate message sent to Podesta as a “phishing” attack, a message meant to give hackers a way into a person’s email account.
One of Podesta’s staffers forwarded the email to Charles Delavan, the campaign’s tech man, who wrote back saying, “This is a legitimate email. John needs to change his password immediately.”
But Delavan has since told the New York Times that he meant to say “This is an illegitimate email” and that the campaign should ignore the prompt to change the password.
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Delavan said he knew it was a phishing attack and his message was a mistake that has plagued him since he sent it. Delavan’s email turned up in an analysis by The Times of how the hacking scandal originated.
The phishing email claimed to be an email from Google urging a change of the account’s password. But the link in the email actually went to a hacker who was then able to read the password and use it to get into the account.
In effect, the Clinton campaign invited the hackers in by responding to the phishing email.
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