Hillary Clinton doesn’t usually get much love from the hacker elite. This is a presidential candidate, after all, whose idea of securing classified emails was to keep them on a server in her basement, and when asked if she’d “wiped” that computer, responded “with a cloth or something?” But in an election year when her opponent is Donald Trump—and a group of very active Russian cyberspies whom Trump has publicly encouraged—Clinton has scored a surprising first: a hacker fundraiser.
On Wednesday night, at the Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas, Clinton backers held a political event that was unprecedented for one of the biggest hacker gatherings in the world, inviting attendees to an evening of drinks at Vegas’ Mandalay Bay hotel and casino with a minimum donation of $100 to the Clinton campaign. Though Clinton herself didn’t attend, several dozen people packed into the small Mexican restaurant where the fundraiser was held anyway, many giving the maximum legal donation of $2,700, according to the fundraiser’s organizer, former Obama administration official Jake Braun. And from Braun’s opening remarks, he used the Russian breach of the Democratic National Committee revealed last month and Trump’s recent invitation for those Russian hackers to leak Hillary Clinton’s emails as a rallying cry for Clinton, and a point against a candidate with a dangerous ignorance of cybersecurity issues.
“The Russians have hacked the elections in Georgia and Kygyrzstan and the Ukraine. Who’s to say they’re not going to do it here? I mean, my god, they already have,” Braun, a political consultant, Obama campaign staffer, and former White House liaison to the Department of Homeland Security, told the small crowd. “We all know this. We need to make sure the world knows this, and that <a href="http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/05/20/a-libertarian-ticket-sane-republicans-can-get-behind.html" target="_self" rel="nofollow noreferrer" …