Compare Hillary’s 5 Phishing Emails with DOD’s 602 Million Spam and Phishing Emails a Month

As usually happens, more journalists are examining the latest tranche of Hillary emails for gotchas than for interesting policy discussions. The latest is AP’s report that Hillary received 5 emails from Russian linked hackers attempting to phish her.

Russia-linked hackers tried at least five times to pry into Hillary Rodham Clinton’s private email account while she was secretary of state, emails released Wednesday show. It is unclear if she clicked on any attachments and exposed her account.

Clinton received the infected emails, disguised as speeding tickets from New York, over four hours early the morning of Aug. 3, 2011. The emails instructed recipients to print the attached tickets. Opening an attachment would have allowed hackers to take over control of a victim’s computer.

BREAKING! Out of almost 20,000 emails released thus far, 5 were phishing attempts.

Compare that to this report on DOD’s spam and phishing woes from earlier this week.

You could be one of the 1.6 million users on Pentagon email systems where only one in seven of the more than half a billion monthly emails received are actually legitimate.

The rest are a mixture of malicious password phishing attempts, chock full of viruses, or the bane of modern humanity’s existence: spam.

“Out of 700 million emails we’ll get in a month, only about 98 million are actually good emails,” said Lt. Gen. Alan Lynn, director of the Defense Information Systems Agency, speaking at a Washington, D.C., area event Wednesday hosted by Defense Systems.

“The rest,” he said, “are spam and worm attacks.”

According to General Lynn, DOD gets 602 million spam and phishing emails a month, with just 14% of their mail actually being real email. Granted, that’s across 1.6 million users. Still that says every user averages 376 junk emails a month.

I’d say Hillary’s 5 phishing emails so far don’t look so bad by comparison.

Marcy has been blogging full time since 2007. She’s known for her live-blogging of the Scooter Libby trial, her discovery of the number of times Khalid Sheikh Mohammed was waterboarded, and generally for her weedy analysis of document dumps.

Marcy Wheeler is an independent journalist writing about national security and civil liberties. She writes as emptywheel at her eponymous blog, publishes at outlets including the Guardian, Salon, and the Progressive, and appears frequently on television and radio. She is the author of Anatomy of Deceit, a primer on the CIA leak investigation, and liveblogged the Scooter Libby trial.

Marcy has a PhD from the University of Michigan, where she researched the “feuilleton,” a short conversational newspaper form that has proven important in times of heightened censorship. Before and after her time in academics, Marcy provided documentation consulting for corporations in the auto, tech, and energy industries. She lives with her spouse and dog in Grand Rapids, MI.

6 replies
  1. jerryy says:

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    “Still that says every user averages 376 junk emails a month.”
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    They must be doing something right, I usually get well over 100 a day.

  2. orionATL says:

    this media fishing for clinton e-mail “irresponsibility” certainly hurts clinton’s image as a competent, responsible government executive, but it also begins to make the media exhaustively covering the issue appear an endlessly leering peccadillo press.

  3. orionATL says:

    how could secretary clinton be so foolish as not to trust the competence of a large organization, say the state dept, the department of defense, the office of personnel management, the national security agency, home depot, blue cross…, target, experien,

    experien?

    why yes:

    http://www.theguardian.com/business/2015/oct/01/experian-hack-t-mobile-credit-checks-personal-information

    how could clinton be so foolish as to put her state dept communications on a small computer system controled by hers and her husband’s foundation?

  4. orionATL says:

    it was the chinese. had to be. they hacked experien so they could get the latest data on the federal employees whose personal personnel data they had previously hacked from opm.

    oh, those inscrutable chinese. what fishermen!

    • jerryy says:

      Yup, one of the ‘big’ credit reporting agencies gets hacked (from the sounds of it, in a major big hack). Hope many lives will this one touch being as how this affects buying houses, cars, getting jobs, etc.
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      Now we know China and the US just announced an informal no-hacking agreement, so we cannot blame them.
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      I wonder which back-door was left open to enable this one ??? (The encryption was supposedly compromised in this one).
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