Hackers linked to Russia attempted at least five times to gain access to Hillary Clinton’s private email account while she was secretary of state, according to emails released Wednesday.
Clinton originally received the infected emails, disguised as speeding tickets, over four hours on the morning of Aug. 3, 2011. The infected emails instructed recipients to print the attached tickets, which would have allowed hackers to take control of their computers.
It is unclear if Clinton clicked on any of the attachments and exposed her account to hackers.
“We have no evidence to suggest she replied to this email or that she opened the attachment,” Nick Merrill, a spokesman for Clinton’s Democratic presidential campaign told the Associated Press. “As we have said before, there is no evidence that the system was ever breached. All these emails show is that, like millions of other Americans, she received spam.”
Security researchers who analyzed the malicious software in September 2011 said the infected computers would transmit information from victims to at least three server computers overseas, including one in Russia
The virus was concealed as a speeding ticket from Chatham, New York, which was misspelled in the infected emails, and came from a supposed New York City government account containing a “Ticket.zip” file that would have raised a red flag.
A private-sector IT security researcher told Fox News on Wednesday that details associated with the five faux traffic ticket emails sent to Clinton’s private account are in line with a U.S.-government aimed phishing campaign carried out by Russian-linked hackers during that same time period. The source, who was close to research of the malware used in that campaign, told Fox News that Russia-based hacking teams were targeting the State Department, specifically, by deploying a “blast approach” of phishing emails. 
The malware embedded in those attachments would allow hackers the ability to monitor communications, steal data, move laterally into the State Department network and possibly move to other government networks, the source told Fox News.
Most commercial antivirus software at the time would have detected the software and prevented users from infecting themselves, but it’s unclear if the State Department’s network security would have flagged the infected message, or if Clinton’s private server would have caught it.
On Wednesday, a congressional source told Fox News that FBI Director James Comey started briefing select lawmakers on the …Read More