Democrats can shout “Russia hacked the election” until they’re blue in the face, but the fact remains that John Podesta wasn’t “hacked”, and neither was the Democratic National Committee.
As The Daily Caller reports, John Podesta and the DNC were tricked into opening way to their email accounts. They revealed their password to the attackers, which is far from what they call “hacking.” Of course, this doesn’t change the final outcome.
Here’s how the Podesta “hack” happened.
Podesta received a spear phishing email that resembled an email that represents an official communication with Google. The ex-Representative was “told” that someone tried to change his password. “Google stopped this sign-in attempt. You should change your password immediately.” The email ended with a link labeled as “Change Password,” which was a perfect way to lure the user into providing their password.
A Clinton campaign aide with access to Podesta’s account read the email and forwarded it to the IT aide, Charles Delevan, who mistakenly replied that the email was legitimate and instructed the aide to change his password. “This is a legitimate email,” Delevan wrote to the aide, Sara Latham, along with a link to a legitimate Google page to make the change. “John needs to change his password immediately.”
Latham sent an email to Milia Fisher, another aide. Fisher changed the password, and it’s still unclear if it was Milia or Latham that clicked the phishing email ling. They reached a fake page that gave the attacker Podesta’s password.
Delevan told The New York Times he is still haunted by the mistake that led to the release of tens of thousands of Podesta’s emails, and by some accounts, cost Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton the election. The campaign had been the target of dozens of similar phishing emails at the time, Delevan said, and he knew this email was one of them. He accidentally typed “legitimate” instead of “illegitimate,” a mistake he says has “plagued him.”
The same thing happened with he DNC, and it brought the resignation of Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz as DNC chair. Both attacks were clean and simple.
As the technology director at the DNC has acknowledged, the non-profit didn’t want to devote a lot of resources to cybersecurity, although he and his bosses were fully aware it would be a target for hackers. “There was never enough money to do everything we needed to do,” Andrew Brown told The New York Times regarding the decision that now appears so costly.
Let’s make it clear. Russia never hacked the accounts and the elections. Both Podesta and the DNC were tricked to “give” their passwords.