Hillary’s Secret Email Was a Cyberspy’s Dream Weapon

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Media Outlet: The Daily Beast

But the fact that Clinton’s private email was now public means she was not just putting her own information at risk, but potentially those in the circle of people who knew her private address. Her email account was the ultimate hacker’s lure. It’s a common technique to impersonate a trusted source via email, in order to persuade a recipient to download spyware hidden inside seemingly innocuous attachments. Indeed, Clinton’s own staff had been targeted with such highly targeted “spear phishing” emails as early as 2009, the year she took office.

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Shane Harris is a fellow with the International Security program at New America and a member of its Future of War team. He is a senior correspondent at The Daily Beast, and the author of @War: The Rise of the Military-Internet Complex.