December 29, 2015

Growing ISIS Capabilities Expose Glaring Hole In Clinton’s Cybersecurity Record

Politico reported today that ISIS “is seeking the ability to launch cyber attacks against U.S. government and civilian targets”:

Though crippling attacks for now remain beyond the reach of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, also known as ISIL, its hackers have tried to penetrate computers that regulate the nation’s electricity grid, U.S. officials say.

Additionally, according to one terrorism analyst, although ISIS’ current cyber capability is limited, “they’re undoubtedly working on cultivating those skills.”

ISIS’ growing cyber threat to the U.S. exposes a glaring hole in Clinton’s failed record when she was Secretary of State. In October, The Associated Press reported that Clinton’s State Department “was among the worst agencies in the federal government at protecting its computer networks.”

Not only did the State Department’s compliance with federal cybersecurity standards under Clinton “[grow] worse in each year of her tenure,” but Clinton reportedly “did not spend much time on the department’s cyber vulnerabilities.” Clinton’s inability and unwillingness to take cybersecurity seriously when she was Secretary of State serves as yet another example of why Clinton is not equipped to take on the threats that face the U.S.