(FOX 5 NEWS) - A phishing email sent to John Podesta asking him to change his password opened the floodgate to his emails, according to Wikileaks. Hackers then gained access to the Gmail account of the Clinton campaign chairman.
The March 19 email claims to be from Google. The email says that someone just used Podesta's password to sign into his Gmail account and that he should change his password by clicking on a link in the email. Either he or a member of his staff did so.
Lance Ulanoff with digital news site Mashable says he is shocked this would happen at such a high level of an organization. It led to one of the biggest cybersecurity breaches in presidential campaign history. To make matters even worse the tech specialists with Clinton's campaign were even fooled by this phishing email.
Ulanoff says you should never respond to any email asking you to click a link to change your password no matter who the email appears to come from.
As added protection cybersecurity experts recommend that you have what is called two-factor authentication. That means if someone tries to hack your account, they also need a PIN that is sent to your cell phone. Unless they have your cell phone, they won't have the PIN.