Hackers from Russia tried to trick Hillary Clinton into clicking an email containing a fake parking ticket in order to access her computer and email account, reports say.
According to The Telegraph:
“Russia-linked hackers tried to hack into Hillary Clinton’s private email at least five times, emails released on Wednesday reveal.
Mrs Clinton was US secretary of state at the time of the attempted breaches. It is unclear if she clicked on any attachment and exposed her account.
Mrs Clinton received the infected emails, disguised as speeding tickets, over four hours early one morning in August 2011. The emails instructed recipients to print the attached tickets, which would have allowed hackers to take control of their computers.
Security researchers who analysed the malicious software have said that infected computers would transmit information from victims to at least three server computers overseas, including one in Russia. That does not necessarily mean Russians were responsible.
Nick Merrill, a spokesman for Clinton’s Democratic presidential campaign, said: “We have no evidence to suggest she replied to this email or that she opened the attachment. 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.”