Between 1:44 a.m. and 5:26 a.m., five very similar emails are sent to her account, disguised as speeding ticket. The headings on all five emails read, “UNIFORM TRAFFIC TICKET,” and they come from different nyc.gov email addresses. The emails instruct Clinton to print out an attachment. If she does so, hackers would be able to take over her computer.
CBS News will later report, “It is unclear whether she clicked on any attachment and exposed her account, but the syntax, misspelling, and formatting errors in the emails would have given Clinton a strong indication that these were phishing emails.”
“Phishing” is when “spam” emails are sent out in large numbers in an attempt to trick people into divulging critical personal information. If someone replies to this attempt, the results would be sent to at least computers overseas, including one in Russia. That does not mean the Russian government was involved. A Clinton spokesperson will later say that there is no evidence Clinton ever opened the attachments. “All these emails show is that, like millions of other Americans, she received spam.” (CBS News, 9/30/2015)