What were they thinking?

The Clinton email scandal continues to deteriorate. Most people following the issue will be aware of the review by the inspector general which was released yesterday. In part it said:

Two staff in S/ES-IRM reported to the OIG that, in late 2010, they each discussed their concerns about Secretary Clinton’s use of a personal email account in separate meetings with the then-Director of S/ES-IRM. In one meeting, one staff member raised concerns that information sent and received on Secretary Clinton’s account could contain Federal records that needed to be preserved in order to satisfy Federal recordkeeping requirements. According to the staff member, the Director stated that the Secretary’s personal system had been reviewed and approved by Department legal staff and that the matter was not to be discussed any further. As previously noted, OIG found no evidence that staff in the Office of the Legal Adviser reviewed or approved Secretary Clinton’s personal system. According to the other S/ES-IRM staff member who raised concerns abut the server, the Director stated that the mission of S/ES-IRM is to support the Secretary and instructed the staff never to speak of the Secretary’s personal email system again.

Emphasis added.

Ms.Clinton has also publically stated it was reviewed and approved. There are lots of other damning items in the review. And we haven’t even seen the results of the FBI investigation yet. Interesting time are ahead for “Crooked Clinton”.

But unless you “have your finger on the pulse” of some other sources you wouldn’t know that some really mindboggling stupid computer security practices were in place at the Clinton residence:

According to historic Internet address maps stored by San Mateo, Calif. based Farsight Security, among the handful of Internet addresses historically assigned to the domain “clintonemail.com” was the numeric address The subdomain attached to that Internet address was….wait for it…. “printer.clintonemail.com“.

Ronald Guilmette, a private security researcher in California who prompted me to look up this information, said printing things to an Internet-based printer set up this way might have made the printer data vulnerable to eavesdropping.

“Whoever set up their home network like that was a security idiot, and it’s a dumb thing to do,” Guilmette said. “Not just because any idiot on the Internet can just waste all your toner. Some of these printers have simple vulnerabilities that leave them easy to be hacked into.”

More importantly, any emails or other documents that the Clintons decided to print would be sent out over the Internet — however briefly — before going back to the printer. And that data may have been sniffable by other customers of the same ISP, Guilmette said.

“People are getting all upset saying hackers could have broken into her server, but what I’m saying is that people could have gotten confidential documents easily without breaking into anything,” Guilmette said. “So Mrs. Clinton is sitting there, tap-tap-tapping on her computer and decides to print something out. A clever Chinese hacker could have figured out, ‘Hey, I should get my own Internet address on the same block as the Clinton’s server and just sniff the local network traffic for printer files.’”

I repeat, “Whoever set up their home network like that was a security idiot…”. It’s stupid to route your printer traffic via an outside network unless you are only printing the most vanilla of materials and need for people in the outside world to use your printer. Clinton had material on her email server that was highly classified. If she used the printer in this way it’s difficult to imagine that her printer traffic was not intercepted by unauthorized people. This is, in part, because whoever created the amazingly insecure system, essentially, advertised it to the public with the public subdomain records.

People need to go to jail over this.

Our country is in the best of hands.


10 thoughts on “What were they thinking?

  1. I am infuriated when I read her apologists who insist that others have done stupid security things and got little or no punishment. So what! Irrelevant!

    They did not set up a separate server so they could avoid FOIA requests and do dirty deals out of the public scrutiny. She was the the BLEEPING SOS and entrusted with high level secrets and she essentially gave them to every other country in the world through sheer, grotesque incompetence. That should be her only defense for not hanging for treason…”Your Honor, I am too stupid to breathe, so please spare me.”

    People who could vote for her are not fellow Americans. They are traitors!

  2. You’re probably aware of this Joe, but for other folks out there, if any one of us Little People had done anything on the order that Hillary has done, we would have been arrested the day they found out, tried the day after that, and thrown in a very deep, dark hole on the third day.

    A significant portion of my career was spent dealing with secret / classified / sensitive DoD / DoE materials, and the consequences for screwing around with them were made quite clear.

    … Which brings up the other interesting aspect of this, in that I would argue that a significant number of people currently serving some very long prison terms now should have very good standing for challenging their convictions and sentences.

    • I have to agree 100%. I work in DoD and while I don’t deal with classified info, I do have a clearance and receive the annual refresher training. Transferring classified info to unsecured systems is pretty much top of the list of “Things they can charge you with espionage for.”

      I can’t even plug a USB drive into my work computer on the unclassified network without having security and IT crawl up my $#(&#$@ sideways. If I had done what she did, I’d already be under Gitmo getting whatever is worse than water boarding.

  3. Braden, the other point in “others have done it” is that it is simply a lie. While a few others have had some small amount of use of a personal email account, all those others have been on commercial email systems. A private server is an unprecedented setup, which of course they know, which is why they obfuscate it at every opportunity.

    The big issue here is why this was done. People are too polite to give the clearly correct answer: to hide what they were doing in explicit violation of the public records laws. That explanation is obvious; no other explanation holds water.

    • More precisely, to hide the selling of the SoS office via the Clinton foundation. I honestly think this is much bigger than even compromising classified info. I think it’s huge, high level corruption that spans both federal and state gov’ts. I think the Terry McCaulliff stuff is related as well.

      I also think it’s interesting that the Romanian hacker just cut a deal to hand over everything he has to the FBI in return for a reduced sentence. He also claimed to have hacked the Clinton server. That guy was a pretty big fish who the FBI had dead to rights. You’re not going to cut a deal with him unless he can give you something bigger.

    • Yes, the only rationale for a private server not with the State is to avoid those pesky FOIA requests. That way, deals with the Chinese or any other enemies of the state can be kept forever in the dark.

      It is unprecedented that a SOS would have such a set up which is so easily hacked and if you believe that her e-mails are not being read by every intelligence service out there, I have a bridge to sell you. How can this not be considered treason?

    • We now have confirmation of why:

      The report refers to an e-mail exchange from November, 2010, between Clinton and Huma Abedin.

      “We should talk about putting you on state email or releasing your email address to the department so you are not going to get spam,” Abedin told her boss.

      Clinton replied, “Let’s get separate address or device but I don’t want any risk of the personal being accessible.”

      I’m very interested in what the FBI recommends now that they have the motive in hand.

      • As Gore Vidal that Leftist said so long ago, “The Personal IS Political” [thanks to the tireless work of leftists].

        And doesn’t her use of the terms “separate address or device” in this quote contradict the statements of aiders and abetters that she was an absolute naif when it came to computers?

  4. You’re missing the real story here. Clinton hid her emails, because they discussed the expansion of Fast and Furious into Libya. Specifically, the Benghazi massacre was a gun deal gone wrong, in which guns were provided to Libyan terrorists with the expectation that those guns would be used to massacre American citizens. This would be followed by a declaration of emergency, the confiscation of firearms in America, and the genocide of gun owners and Christians in this nation.

    Ever wonder why the Left was ready from Day 1 when the Newtown massacre hit? Everything they said and did was originally intended for what would have been the massacre by the Libyan terrorists. Michael Bloomberg was in on the Libyan terrorist deal. So was Shannon Watts (which is incidentally her fourth last name; she’s been divorced three times before, and is now Bloomberg’s mistress). So was David Frum. So were all the “journalists” at MSNBC, and the Daily Show.

    If the government won’t bring these vile traitors to justice, it needs to be privately served to them.

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