“Notification is required when a user suspects compromise of, among other things, a personally owned device containing personally identifiable information. However, OIG found no evidence that the Secretary or her staff reported these incidents to computer security personnel or anyone else within the Department,” wrote Inspector General Steve Linick in his assessment of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s personal e-mail server, which has now been deemed to have been nearly hacked into several times.
When the Inspector General revealed on Wednesday Clinton’s email server would be given a full audit, he did not expect to find out that the email server had several hacking attempts when in use for Hillary’s Secretary purposes. What became more troubling is that there’s no record of Hillary or her aides reporting in the hacks, which is a legal requirement when holding a federal office position.
Lower level staffers at the time had urged Hillary report the hacks, since she was not abiding by open record laws, but the staffers were ordered “never to speak of the secretary’s personal email system again.”
The Clinton campaign’s excuse for her personal email use was that she was following her predecessors’ footsteps – Madeleine K. Albright, Colin L. Powell and Condoleezza Rice – since they used personal servers as well. The inspector general, however, rejected that excuse, noting at the time email was relatively new, policies were “very fluid” and the department didn’t have extensive knowledge of cybersecurity risks in the early part of the Bush administration. By the time Hillary took office in 2009, those policies had been firmly set up— and they outlined exactly against Mrs. Clinton’s practices.