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Clinton Talks Up Cybersecurity Threat, Ignores Own Failures

- February 3, 2016

Today, Clinton Campaigned On The Importance Of Cybersecurity, But Failed To Mention Her Own Failures. QUESTION: "I just have a question about cybersecurity and keeping our technology--" CLINTON: "Her question is about cybersecurity and keeping our technology safe. It's one of the most important challenges the next president is going to face because the advances, the offensive advances, by nation states that we know are very technically sophisticated, namely Russia, China, next level Iran, next level North Korea, are going to just accelerate and we've already had incidents where we know Russia and Iran have gone after public information. North Korea, as you know, waged a cyber attack against a big film company." (Hillary Clinton, Remarks, Derry, NH, 2/3/16)

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Clinton's State Department Was Deemed "Among The Worst" Federal Agencies At Protecting Its Computer Networks

"The State Department Was Among The Worst Agencies In The Federal Government At Protecting Its Computer Networks While Hillary Rodham Clinton Was Secretary From 2009 To 2013…" "The State Department was among the worst agencies in the federal government at protecting its computer networks while Hillary Rodham Clinton was secretary from 2009 to 2013, a situation that continued to deteriorate as John Kerry took office and Russian hackers breached the department's email system, according to independent audits and interviews." (Ken Dilanian, "AP Exclusive: Under Clinton, State's Cybersecurity Suffered," The Associated Press , 10/19/15)

  • The Associated Press Headline: "AP Exclusive: Under Clinton, State's Cybersecurity Suffered" (Ken Dilanian, "AP Exclusive: Under Clinton, State's Cybersecurity Suffered," The Associated Press , 10/19/15)

According To An Annual White House Report Card, "The State Department's Compliance With Federal Cybersecurity Standards Was Below Average When Clinton Took Over But Grew Worse In Each Year Of Her Tenure." "The State Department's compliance with federal cybersecurity standards was below average when Clinton took over but grew worse in each year of her tenure, according to an annual report card compiled by the White House based on audits by agency watchdogs. Network security continued to slip after Kerry replaced Clinton in February 2013, and remains substandard, according to the State Department inspector general." (Ken Dilanian, "AP Exclusive: Under Clinton, State's Cybersecurity Suffered," The Associated Press , 10/19/15)

  • "Senior State Department Officials Say [Clinton] Did Not Spend Much Time On The Department's Cyber Vulnerabilities." "Clinton approved significant increases in the State Department' information technology budgets while she was secretary, but senior State Department officials say she did not spend much time on the department's cyber vulnerabilities. She was aware of State's technological shortcomings but was focused more on diplomacy, her emails show." (Ken Dilanian, "AP Exclusive: Under Clinton, State's Cybersecurity Suffered," The Associated Press , 10/19/15)
  • Clinton Was Aware Of The State Department's "Technological Shortcomings But Was Focused More On Diplomacy." "Clinton approved significant increases in the State Department' information technology budgets while she was secretary, but senior State Department officials say she did not spend much time on the department's cyber vulnerabilities. She was aware of State's technological shortcomings but was focused more on diplomacy, her emails show." (Ken Dilanian, "AP Exclusive: Under Clinton, State's Cybersecurity Suffered," The Associated Press , 10/19/15)

Clinton Can't Name Any Safeguards She Placed On Her Email Server Designed To Prevent Foreign Hacking

Clinton Can't Name Any Safeguards In Her Secret Server To Prevent Hacking. QUESTION: "One question about your email server, what safeguards did you put in place to make sure that you weren't hacked?" CLINTON: "Well I can only tell you there is no evidence that I'm aware of that I ever was." (Hillary Clinton, Interview With The Boston Globe, Keene, NH, 10/16/15)

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Obama's Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates Admits That "The Odds Are Pretty High," Russia, China, And Iran Compromised Clinton's Home-Brew Server. HEWITT: "I know you're not involved in the presidential race, but are you surprised by the news that continues to come out about the former Secretary of State's server, and the fact that the Intelligence Community's Inspector General said there was a lot of very highly classified information on her server?" GATES: "Yeah that's a concern for me. I never used email when I was head of CIA or head of the Department of Defense. As I used to joke I didn't want to have some chief of station overseas email me and say he was going to do something if I didn't get back to him in three hours, and I would get back from a five hour hearing and discover I was two hours too late. I preferred dealing with people face to face and putting a signature on a piece of paper on matters of real national security importance." HEWITT: "One of your colleagues Mike Morrell said on this program, or actually agreed with my assertion, that almost certainly that Russian, Chinese, and Iranians had compromised the home-brew server of the former Secretary of State. He agreed with that. Do you agree with his assessment of my assessment?" GATES: "Well given the fact that the Pentagon acknowledges that they get attacked a hundred thousand times a day I think the odds are pretty high." HEWITT: "So if they had real time access to her server, would that have compromised national security?" GATES: "Well again it would depend entirely on what she put on there. And I haven't read any of these emails so I don't know what was on those servers." (Robert Gates, "Hugh Hewitt Show," 1/21/16)

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