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Why Some People Think a Typo Cost Clinton the Election

A misleading email from a campaign staffer was just one mistake that helped Russian hackers steal data from Democrats.
Source: Brian Snyder / Reuters

On March 19, an IT employee at the Hillary Clinton campaign gave John Podesta, the campaign chairman, some computer-security advice. “John needs to change his password immediately,” he wrote in an email, “and ensure that two-factor authentication is turned on his account.”

The helpdesk staffer was responding to a Google alert with a bright red banner that had been sent to Podesta’s personal Gmail account. The alert said that someone in Ukraine had tried signing

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