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Lazy Hackers Tried to Crack Hillary Clinton’s Email Using the Poorly Crafted Speeding Ticket Gambit

No way the Secretary of State of the United States of America could pass up clicking on this beaut.

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One of the biggest concerns with Hillary Clinton’s use of a private server while Secretary of State—along with transparency—is security. The latest email dump from State on Wednesday highlights those fears, as hackers linked to Russia tried on multiple occasions to break their way into her email, the Associated Press reports.

Here’s more on the Clinton phishing attempts:

Clinton received the infected emails, disguised as speeding tickets, over four hours early on the morning of Aug. 3, 2011. The emails instructed recipients to print the attached tickets, which would have allowed hackers to take control of their computers. Security researchers who analyzed the malicious software in September 2011 said that infected computers would transmit information from victims to at least three server computers overseas, including one in Russia. That doesn’t necessarily mean Russian intelligence or citizens were responsible.

Not exactly Thomas Crown Affair-type execution here by the guys in pajamas. For starters, the last speeding ticket Hillary Clinton got might very well be 25 years ago. And over/under on when she last drove a car? We’ll start the bidding at 25 years, too. The AP notes that it is unclear whether Clinton clicked on the compromised attachments or not, but let’s hope she didn’t not just for security reasons, also because we can’t have a commander-in-chief who gets duped by spam that poorly crafted.