Chapter 10. Exposure and Weaponization

Someone has your password” warned the email subject line. On Saturday, March 19, 2016, John Podesta, chair of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, received a security notification that appeared to come from Google. By then, the U.S. presidential election was in full swing. Clinton had won 19 primaries; but her opponent, Bernie Sanders, was picking up steam. Every day mattered on the campaign trail.

“Hi John,” read the notification, which was sent to Podesta’s personal Gmail account.1Someone just used your password to try to sign in to your Google Account john.podesta@gmail.com. . . . Google stopped this sign-in attempt. You should change your password immediately.” This was followed by a clickable ...

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