A report in The New York Times published Tuesday revealed that a typo by a staffer with Democrat presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s campaign led to campaign chairman John Podesta’s email being hacked, beginning the snowball that would become the Clinton WikiLeaks document dumps.
Podesta was hacked — purportedly by groups with links to Russia — after he fell for a phishing scheme that grabbed his password after directing him to a hacker-run site that he believed would change his Gmail login information.
However, Podesta only fell for it after a staffer typed the word “legitimate” instead of “illegitimate” in an email regarding the phishing scam.
“This is a legitimate email,” Charles Delavan, a Clinton campaign aide, wrote to one of Podesta’s aides. “John needs to change his password immediately.”
Delavan, however, had meant to type “illegitimate.”
According to The Times’ article, the latest revelations also involved Billy Rinehart, a former Democrat National Committee official who was working as a regional field director for Clinton’s campaign. During a vacation, Rinehart “got an odd email warning from Google.”