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It's not just emails: State Department cybersecurity deteriorated every year under Clinton

A compilation of State Department audits finds that the agency's cybersecurity — already sub-par when Hillary Clinton took office as secretary of state in 2009 — declined each successive year Clinton remained in charge.

One audit in particular scored the department 42 out of 100 on a cybersecurity report card, a lower grade than was given to the Office of Personnel Management, which announced this past summer that it had suffered a data breach affecting some 4 million people. Clinton's released emails also suggest that the department's computer system is in bad shape: "State's technology is so antiquated that NO ONE uses a State-issued laptop," wrote one Clinton aide.

The State Department itself says that its cybersecurity is in great shape, with a system that defeats "almost 100 percent" of 4 billion digital attacks each year. Since Clinton was replaced by current Secretary of State John Kerry, audits show the agency's cybersecurity has continued to go downhill.