WASHINGTON (AP) — Newly released emails show State Department staffers wrestled in December 2010 over a serious technical problem with then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s home email server. They temporarily disabled security features, which left the server more vulnerable to hackers. Weeks later, hackers attacked the server so seriously it was shut down.
The emails were released under court order Wednesday to the conservative legal advocacy group Judicial Watch. The group has sued the State Department over access to public records related to the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee’s service as the nation’s top diplomat between 2009 and 2013.
The emails show Clinton’s staff disabled software intended to block phishing emails that could deliver dangerous viruses. The Associated Press reported last year that Clinton later received phishing emails.
Clinton’s campaign denies her email server ever was breached.