Two weeks before Yahoo was hacked for 500 million accounts, Huma Abedin forwarded a list of passwords for the State Dept to her unprotected Yahoo email account. It has not been said whether her account was one of those hacked which leads me to believe it was because if her account wasn’t hacked, she would want to get that information out right away for damage control. With those passwords a foreign entity would have full access to the most secret information being held on their server.
Russian intelligence agent Igor Sushchin was charged with hacking the 500 million accounts and as a result of that hacking gave the Russians the ability to hack into the emails into 2015 and 2016. His hacking took place in 2014. The worst hack occurred in 2013 when 3 billion accounts were hacked and Yahoo said everyone’s account with Yahoo was compromised. Authorities haven’t been able to identify the hacker responsible for that one. Sushchin also worked for the Russian investment bank Renaissance Capital. That is the same bank with close Kremlin ties that paid Bill Clinton half a million dollars for a speech.
Long-time Clinton confidante Sid Blumenthal sent Clinton an email in July 2009 with the subject line: “Important. Not for circulation. You only. Sid.” The email began “CONFIDENTIAL… Re: Moscow Summit.” Abedin forwarded the email to her Yahoo address, potentially making it visible to hackers.
The email was deemed too sensitive to release to the public and was redacted before being published pursuant to the Judicial Watch lawsuit. The released copy says “Classified by DAS/ A/GIS, DoS on 10/30/2015 Class: Confidential.” The unredacted portion reads: “I have heard authoritatively from Bill Drozdiak, who is in Berlin…. We should expect that the Germans and Russians will now cut their own separate deals on energy, regional security, etc.”
A hacker named “Peace” was advertising 200 million Yahoo accounts for sale including alternative emails. People were able to read the emails using a process called “external cookie minting” .
From New York Times
“Digital thieves made off with names, birth dates, phone numbers and passwords of users that were encrypted with security that was easy to crack. The intruders also obtained the security questions and backup email addressed used to reset lost passwords — valuable information for someone trying to break into other accounts owned by the same user, and particularly useful to a hacker seeking to break into government computers around the world.”
President Trump is now calling for Abedin to be charged with violations of the Espionage Act for being negligent in handling classified information.