One Little Typo Caused Podesta Email Hack

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Campaign chairman for Hillary Clinton, John Podesta, had more than a decade’s worth of private emails released to the public – around 60,000 in all – due to a simple typo.

It is a mistake that may have ultimately cost Hillary Clinton the election, analysts are saying.

While the report was an in-depth piece on Russian cyber attacks, the report states that last March, Podesta received an email from Google stating that hackers were trying to infiltrate his email account. An aide notified the campaign’s IT team to verify if the notification was real.

According to The Hill, Clinton campaign aide Charles Delavan replied that it was “a legitimate email” and that Podesta should “change his password immediately”  Delavan told the Times he had intended to type “illegitimate,” a typo he still has not forgiven himself for making. The email was a phishing scam that ultimately revealed Podesta’s password to hackers. Soon after, WikiLeaks began releasing 10 years of his emails.” 

The damaging Podesta emails were a frequent news topic toward the end of the campaign and also revealed that former CNN contributor and DNC chair, Donna Brazile, had leaked debate questions to the Clinton campaign prior to the debates.



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