Ignore the word “Russian” in the story below; that’s just the New York Times revealing their bias and indifference to facts again.
What’s important is realizing how much one tiny typo (combined with a lack of basic online literacy) pretty much cost Hillary Clinton the election.
The Huffington Post reports:
An aide to Hillary Clinton’s campaign chair, John Podesta, saw a warning email in his inbox back in March, claiming to be from Google. Podesta needed to change his Gmail password immediately, the email said.
Most adult internet users know by now never to click a link in emails like this ― phishing is fairly common.
But… well, the New York Times picks up the tale:
“This is a legitimate email,” Charles Delavan, a Clinton campaign aide, replied to another of Mr. Podesta’s aides, who had noticed the alert. “John needs to change his password immediately.”
With another click, a decade of emails that Mr. Podesta maintained in his Gmail account — a total of about 60,000 — were unlocked for the Russian hackers. Mr. Delavan, in an interview, said that his bad advice was a result of a typo: He knew this was a phishing attack, as the campaign was getting dozens of them. He said he had meant to type that it was an “illegitimate” email, an error that he said has plagued him ever since.
But that’s ridiculous on its face.
Look at his second sentence; how can one possibly misinterpret the words, “John needs to change his password immediately”?
Delavan feels bad now, and who knows if his career will recover.
But in the larger scheme of things, since “WikiLeaks” helped Trump win, maybe Americans should chip in and buy him a nice flower arrangement to say thank you!
Source: Huffington Post