The State Department releases more of Clinton’s work-related emails, despite Clinton’s claims that she turned over all her work-related emails in December 2014. Judicial Watch asked for the emails which were mentioned in the May 2016 State Department inspector general’s report on Clinton’s email practices.
The emails show that in December 2010, State Department employees struggled to fix a problem that was causing emails from Clinton’s private server to be rejected as spam by the department’s computer network. The spam filtering problem persisted since at least early November, as can be seen in a November 13, 2010 email chain between Clinton and her deputy chief of staff Huma Abedin complaining about them.
As a result, on December 21, 2010, the ScanMail anti-spam security feature for the entire network was disabled, leaving the network more vulnerable. Apparently, the software intended to block “spear phishing” emails that could install malware to infect the network was also disabled around the same time.
On January 9, 2011, Clinton’s server was apparently attacked by hackers at least twice, causing the server to be temporarily shut down. (The Associated Press, 6/22/2016) (US Department of State, 6/20/2016)
Spear phishing was a reoccurring problem for Clinton and the department in 2011. In March 2011, the department warned of “a dramatic increase since January 2011 in attempts by”—[redacted]—“to compromise the private home email accounts of senior Department officials” using the spear phishing method. (US Department of State, 11/5/2015)
In June 2011, the department issued another warning for all employees not to use personal email accounts for work, due to more spear phishing attacks. (The Washington Post, 3/27/2016)
Between May and July 2011, Clinton got three emails that appear to have been spear phishing attacks. Despite this, Clinton continued to exclusively use a private email address for all her work and personal emails. (US Department of State, 10/30/2015) (US Department of State, 5/25/2016)