Hillary Clinton, DNC ignored repeated FBI warnings of Russian cyberattacks

Hillary Clinton, DNC ignored repeated FBI warnings of Russian cyberattacks

As Democratic voices unite in calls for a congressional investigation into Donald Trump’s putative role in the cyberattacks by Russia that unquestionably (in their minds) handed the election to the Republican, maybe they should also be looking into Hillary Clinton’s role.

From Yahoo’s Michael Isikoff:

The FBI warned the Clinton campaign that it was a target of a cyberattack last March, just weeks before the Democratic National Committee discovered it had been penetrated by hackers it now believes were working for Russian intelligence, two sources who have been briefed on the matter told Yahoo News.

The dateline on the article is July 28, 2016. But it wasn’t just Team Clinton that paid no heed to the warnings. This comes from an article by The Washington Free Beacon’s Natalie Johnson that ran yesterday:

The Democratic National Committee brushed aside warnings from the FBI that its computer network had been breached by hackers linked to the Russian government, according to a New York Times investigative report.

The Time‘s [sic] examination of the election-related cyber attacks, compiled through interviews with dozens of those targeted, found that the DNC’s “series of missed signals, slow responses, and a continuing underestimation of the seriousness of the cyberattack” enabled Russia to “roam freely through” the committee’s network for nearly seven months without pushback.

In fact, the Clinton campaign opened the door to hackers, albeit inadvertently, in March when an IT aide for the campaign named Charles Delavan greenlighted a “spear phishing “email sent to Chairman John Podesta. The email had been forwarded to Delavan by fellow aide Sara Latham for verification. Delavan wrote back, “This is a legitimate email,” later claiming he had meant to write “illegitimate.”

 

As the email bounced from one computer to another within the campaign, someone along the line “clicked on a Bitly link embedded in the hacker’s fake email that led to a prompt to enter the password for Podesta’s account,” writes The Daily Caller’s Chuck Ross.

That move gave the hackers access to Podesta’s account, and his nearly 60,000 emails. The contents of the account were published by WikiLeaks beginning in October.

If Hillary Clinton, who recently blamed her loss on “fake news,” wants to identify the real culprit, she should look in the mirror.

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles is a freelance writer.


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