Hillary’s Email Problem Is National Security Issue
Hillary’s Email Problem Is National Security Issue
The last four days have been quite interesting for any and all with Team Hillary. You see, there is this email problem that cropped up. And well, there are all sorts of questions being asked. Hillary Clinton set up her own private server, with her own domain, and a specialized email account.
This domain with its own private server also had room for some of her key aides to run their own email accounts off of. Sounds great right? Not. So. Fast. You see, all this was put in place just BEFORE she started her confirmation hearings!
What’s so bad about that you ask? Quite a few things as a matter of fact, but lets examine one key element of all of this. NATIONAL SECURITY. Keep in mind the server/domain/email wasn’t set up at the State Department. Nope, it was set up at her home in New York. Yes, you read that correctly, everything was set up at her house by folks handpicked by Hillary.
It would be great if all of this was set up by the State Department’s IT group. Then we wouldn’t have to be quite so concerned about security breaches. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. When you have an email built to ensure your privacy, but neglect the major security components, you leave yourself wide open for problems.
Although Clinton worked hard to secure the private system, her consultants appear to have set it up with a misconfigured encryption system, something that left it vulnerable to hacking, said Alex McGeorge, head of threat intelligence at Immunity Inc., a Miami Beach-based digital security firm.
However, when McGeorge examined the set-up this week he found it used a default encryption “certificate,” instead of one purchased specifically for Clinton’s service. Encryption certificates are like digital security badges, which websites use to signal to incoming browsers that they are legitimate.
Therein is a significant part of the security issue. When you set up a system to protect your communication channel, but you forget that you need to protect the channel AND the communication, then you’ve put everything at risk. As someone who has worked within the data communications field for over 14 years, I can tell you this is serious stuff.
If Hillary wanted her own private email system so badly, then she should’ve made absolutely sure that any and all aspects from the ground floor up were secured. Yet, that didn’t happen. Adam Clark Estes at Gizmodo provides us with one of the many reasons this is a nightmare for us all:
I talked to security experts at Kaspersky Lab about how Clinton made herself vulnerable to hackers by exclusively using a homebrew email system, and their answer was basically, how didn’t she make herself vulnerable.
“From a technical perspective, a cabinet member using a homemade solution means adding an array of technologies and middlemen through whom the United States government can effectively be severely compromised,” Researcher Patrick Nielsen said.
That doesn’t sound good at all. Clinton’s private email system added third parties into the equation, meaning that a hacker could effectively snoop on US government mail without directly hacking US government servers. Nielsen explained that the domain Clinton used for her private email service—clintonemail.com—is owned by a Florida company called “Perfect Privacy, LLC” and registered to another private company called Network Solutions. The relationship between the two companies is unclear since some details have been masked.
And guess what? Its not just the one email for Hillary plus email accounts for several of her aides. It seems that Hillary needed several emails to conduct State Department business. James Rosen at Fox News provides us the details courtesy of a key member of the hacker community:
A screen grab of The Harvester’s findings provided to Fox News by the source in the hacker community – whose professional resume also boasts extensive experience in the U.S. intelligence community – lists rather similar, but nonetheless different, email addresses, including firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, and firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hillary Clinton sets up her own private server, with her own domain, and a specialized email account(s) yet neglects to protect every aspect of this system. This was the ONLY email system in place for FOUR years. In fact, she should’ve had at least three emails via the State Department, and not a single one of them should’ve been housed in her Chappaqua, NY home. Via Ace of Spades we discover:
That’s because federal officials–heck, anyone with a security clearance, system access and “need-to-know” are required to use secure e-mail networks to transmit classified information. Technically, Mrs. Clinton was supposed to have at least three government e-mail accounts, on the NIPRNET (which is used for sensitive, but unclassified information); SIPRNET (for information classified as “Secret”) and JWICS, which handles material classified as Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmentalized Information (TS/SCI).
Apparently, Clinton never bothered with establishing a SIPRNET or JWICS account, which should be been standard practice from her first day on the job. So far, no one from Hillary’s camp has explained why she saw no need for a classified e-mail account. Needless to say, even NIPRNET is more secure than Mrs. Clinton’s home-based server.
Why should we be tearing our hair out about this? Lets see, who did she send 55,000 emails to over her four year tenure? Germany’s Chancellor Merkel perhaps? How about Putin in Russia before and after her Reset button gaffe? Members of Congress, her husband, the White House, her family, other US gov’t officials… the list is endless. Hillary, I’d be willing to bet hackers all over the world been having a field day with your supposedly “secure” system for quite some time now.
Its pretty evident, as many others have pointed out, that Hillary wanted to sidestep and ignore altogether the government rules concerning any and all correspondence. She wanted it her way or not at all. And she got it.
The State Dept’s IT group told Hillary that a private email account wouldn’t be secure. And she did it anyway. Its only a matter of time that some enterprising hackers from Russia, China, or Iran track down all her emails. Hillary, your paranoid quest for secrecy has backfired. Your indifference to federal law and our national security has left us all vulnerable. And that right there is a major reason why you are not fit to be President.