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7/5/2016
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Comey: No Evidence Clinton Email Server Was Hacked, But Still 'Possible'

The FBI does not recommend charges against Hillary Clinton after investigation into use of her personal email server.

The FBI today said it found no evidence that hackers had infiltrated the email servers of Hillary Clinton but FBI director James Comey said the department concludes that it's still "possible" sophisticated attackers could have done so undetected.

Comey in a press briefing today detailed the findings today of the FBI's investigation into Clinton's controversial use of a private email server during her tenure as US Secretary of State. The FBI recommended that no criminal charges be filed in the wake of the investigation, because there was no evidence of wrongdoing or criminal intent. But according to Comey, Clinton and her staff were “extremely careless” in their email practices.

While the FBI found no "direct evidence" of a "successful" breach of Clinton's email domain, Comey said the likely sophisticated attackers would not necessarily have been visible. "Given the nature of the system and of the actors potentially involved ... [investigators] were unlikely to see" those attacks, he said. 

The FBI also concluded that hackers did gain access to commercial email accounts of other users with whom she corresponded regularly. 

Given Clinton's practice of sending and receiving email in the "territory of sophisticated adversaries," it's "possible that hostile actors gained access to Secretary Clinton's personal email account," Comey said.

See the full text of Comey's briefing here.

 

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theb0x
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theb0x,
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7/11/2016 | 8:31:15 AM
Email
What a great idea! Lets put an email server in the bathroom!
ebm
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ebm,
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7/6/2016 | 11:31:26 AM
No Evidence Clinton Email Server Was Hacked, But Still 'Possible'
By the time Clinton turned over the email server the evidence of a hacker attack could of been wiped from the server just like the 'Personal Email'

What is really scarry is that our top goverment IT people did not know or take action while this was going on.
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paulno,
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7/6/2016 | 11:20:12 AM
Re: No Evidence Clinton Email Server Was Hacked, But Still 'Possible'
Yes it's disturbing but I'm not surprised as it's a common "game" for years. And moreover it seems there's a rise of such actions for few weeks : for example some stole Marc Zuckerberg's (Facebook creator) Twitter account and also the Quora page of Google director. Billion of passwords have been stolen on Linkedin as well. Linkedin, the biggest professionnal social network in the world. I wonder if a similar problem didn't occured with Obama few years ago but I'm not sure. And why ? Most of the time only because chosen passwords are extremely easy to find, even for basic hackers... In the case of Clinton I guess consequences can be much more serious though and could even be a thorn in her campaign.
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Kelly Jackson Higgins,
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7/5/2016 | 3:33:32 PM
Colin Powell's comments
Here's what Colin Powell previously said about the server issue:

http://www.darkreading.com/risk/gen-colin-powell-triage-the-cyber-threats/d/d-id/1322675
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GonzSTL,
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7/5/2016 | 12:53:52 PM
No Evidence Clinton Email Server Was Hacked, But Still 'Possible'
What a colossal disservice to the nation, and a terrible precedent for information security! So many security protocols ignored and breached, and at such a high level of government!
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