WikiLeaks has released what may be the key email that led to one of the biggest cybersecurity breaches in presidential campaign history – allowing hackers to gain access to Clinton Campaign Chairman John Podesta’s Gmail account, FOX NEWS reports.
A new email thread released today shows Podesta got a March 19 email from “Google” notifying him someone had his “password” and tried to sign in from Ukraine.
The IT team told Podesta the message was legit and he should change his password. But it appears the email actually was a phishing ploy – and likely gave the world access to the contents of his account.
In the new batch of emails leaked Friday, Podesta’s assistant Sara Latham forwarded the “Google” email to Charles Delavan, a Clinton campaign IT official, to see if it was real.
Delavan told her that it was a “legitimate email.”
“John needs to change his password immediately, and ensure that two-factor authentication is turned on his account … It is absolutely imperative that this is done ASAP,” he wrote, sharing a Google link where he could change his password.
Latham then sent Podesta and another campaign official an email saying the message was “REAL.”
The email chain does not detail what happened next. But a previous report from Motherboard said on that same day, Podesta opened a link that gave hackers access to his email. The hackers reportedly used a URL shortened using the Bitly service, which reportedly contained Podesta’s encoded Gmail address and gave the hackers access. Read more at FOX NEWS.