Hillary Rodham Clinton’s private email server, containing an electronic inventory of some 55,000 pages of emails from her stint as secretary of state, was repeatedly hit by attempted cyberattacks originating in China, South Korea and Germany in 2014, according to a congressional document obtained by The Associated Press.
At least five cyberattack tries were apparently blocked by a “threat-monitoring” product that was connected to her network in October 2013, eight months after she left office. But for more than three months earlier that year, her system was not protected by the product because it had not been installed.
Clinton’s server operated without its threat-monitoring protection between June and October 2013, according to a letter sent by Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), chairman of the Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee. That means her server was possibly vulnerable to cyberattacks during that time.
It was not immediately clear whether the attempted intrusions were serious espionage threats or the sort of nuisance attacks that hit servers the world over. But the revelations underscore the extent to which any private email server is a target, raising further questions about Clinton’s decision to undertake sensitive government business over private email stored on a homemade system.