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Clinton lectured staffers in 2010 about their 'special duty' to safeguard against cyberattacks


"The real key to cybersecurity rests with you."

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Hillary Clinton, who infamously used a private email server to conduct government business as secretary of state, lectured her State Department staff in 2010 about their "special duty" to be vigilant when it comes to cybersecurity.

"The real key to cybersecurity rests with you," the Democratic presidential nominee says in a video first obtained by Fox News. "Complying with department computing policies and being alert to potential threats will help protect all of us."

In the 1 1/2-minute clip, Clinton discusses the importance of safeguarding against cyberattacks and notes the work the State Department Bureau of Diplomatic Security and IT department were doing to protect government employees. She says hackers would try to "exploit" vulnerabilities in the system in order to gain access to classified department information.

Clinton, asking viewers to subscribe to their internal "cybersecurity awareness newsletter," went on to say it is up to each individual employee to keep potential attacks at bay.

"Together we can do our part to improve the security of the State Department and of our nation," she says.

Naturally, given the irony of the revelation, the newly-released video is making its rounds on the internet, but Clinton campaign spokesman Brian Fallon sought Friday to downplay any impact the footage might have.

"This is not new. It has been widely reported that during Clinton's tenure the State Department issued these kinds of warnings about possible cybersecurity to employees," he told Fox. "These warnings were more than appropriate given that it was subsequently confirmed that State's email was hacked."

But Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz, Republican chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, capitalized on the video, saying, "Hillary Clinton needs only to look into the mirror to find the biggest cyber security risk."

This latest training video just shows further how often Clinton would go against the very practices she expected her staffers to employ. According to a 2015 report, the Democratic standard-bearer told her aides in a 2011 internal memo to not use private email accounts for security reasons.

And Clinton's decision to go against her own instruction didn't go unnoticed by her staff. Senior aide Huma Abedin, in a stolen 2010 email released Friday by WikiLeaks, tried to get her boss to use a government email account when she complained her State Department emails were going to spam.

Despite concerns from many high-ranking officials, the FBI decided in July not to indict Clinton for her use of a private email server, though Director James Comey said at the time that her handling of classified information was "extremely careless."

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