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Trolls may have used WikiLeaks emails to wipe Clinton campaign chair’s iPhone
Adding insult to injury.
Some of the Podesta emails WikiLeaks chose to publish contained more than enough personal information to reset Podesta’s Apple iCloud and mess with his phone from afar. Even his Social Security number was allegedly published.
4chan’s “politically incorrect” /pol/ board—basically an online monument to Donald Trump and white nationalism at this point—claimed credit for taking over Podesta’s Twitter account, according to Gizmodo.
And then on Endchan, another, even more fringe anonymous message board, someone claimed to have successfully logged into Podesta’s iCloud account and erased his iPhone and iPad.
In both cases, the method of attack seems to have been password resets—presumably using the information posted by WikiLeaks.
Redditors on r/the_donald, the Reddit counterpart to /pol/, also claim to have downloaded the contents of the iCloud account.
Gizmodo also exchanged DMs with a hacker who claimed to have used the Podesta info to phish other DNC members, including ranking senators and Vice President Joe Biden.
The FBI is currently investigating whether Russia was behind the Podesta email hack. The predictable fallout from WikiLeaks’ unredacted dump of Podesta’s info certainly lends credence to Clinton’s claim during the debate: If the hacks were intended to influence the U.S. election, they certainly weren’t intended to help her win.
H/T The Verge
Jay Hathaway is a former senior writer who specialized in internet memes and weird online culture. He previously served as the Daily Dot’s news editor, was a staff writer at Gawker, and edited the classic websites Urlesque and Download Squad. His work has also appeared on nymag.com, suicidegirls.com, and the Morning News.