In addition to John Podesta falling for a phishing attack and misplacing his phone, and Huma and Hillary leaving their smartphones on a bed in a Chinese hotel in China, we now know that the D.N.C. had virtually no protections for its electronic systems, and Mrs. Clinton’s campaign chairman, John D. Podesta, had failed to sign up for the “two-factor authentication” on his Gmail account.
Let’s not forget that Hillary couldn’t keep an electronic device – she lost more than a dozen devices – and she kept an unsecured personal server in her basement and in a bathroom closet, with copies of secure data given to lawyers, showing up on Anthony Weiner’s laptop and printed out by a maid.
The information about the D.N.C. comes via The New York Times:
Mr. Obama conceded that he first heard about the attack on the Democratic National Committee “early last summer,” or nine months after the F.B.I. first alerted low-level D.N.C. officials about what had happened. That now appears to be critical lost time.
If Mr. Obama had confronted the Russians immediately, in public or in the kind of private warning he said he delivered to Mr. Putin only three months ago during a meeting in China, the United States might have derailed the hacking campaign before it harvested and revealed thousands of emails.
But the election hacking also raised questions about whether the American fixation on a “cyber Pearl Harbor” — a devastating attack on the power grid, cellphone network, financial system or computer-controlled gas pipelines — overlooked a more obvious vulnerability.
As a detailed account in The New York Times last Wednesday revealed, the D.N.C. had virtually no protections for its electronic systems, and Mrs. Clinton’s campaign chairman, John D. Podesta, had failed to sign up for the “two-factor authentication” on his Gmail account. Doing so probably would have foiled what Mr. Obama called a fairly primitive attack.
Now the question facing Mr. Obama is how public a retaliation to execute.
Even my meaningless email accounts have two-factor ID and are safer than theirs were. Anyone could have hacked them. After the phishing incident, the jpodesta account went all out and used the password, p@sswØrd. That doesn’t sound un-hackable.
They didn’t even have an SSL certificate.
The language being used is that the hack was so sophisticated that it could only come from the top echelons of the Russian government. Any idiot could have hacked them.
The CEO of Alphabet [Google, gmail] Eric Schultz was working for the Hillary campaign!
My accounts are attacked regularly by Russians, Chinese, Brazilians, Indians, Nigerians, et al, and on and on but they don’t get through except to send me phishing emails in an obvious attempt to get my password.
This pretty much makes Donna Brazile look like a liar again. Brazile was “briefed on the D.N.C. computer system”. She said they [Russians] never stopped right until the election, they and we “put up the very best cybersecurity, what I call, infrastructure to stop them…”…she said they were under attack “daily” and “hourly” and…”people were personally harassed”…”there were times we thought they’d penetrate us again and we would have another breach, but we had a great…”..”we were under constant attack…we didn’t know what was coming next.”