Thursday, October 8, 2015 Server Woes Continue

It's got to have been another rough day at's Chappaqua corporate center. The FBI is still digging despite Hillary's shrill complaints that there's nothing to see here.

FBI Seizes Four State Department Servers in Clinton Email Probe
The FBI has seized four State Department computer servers as part of its probe into how classified information was compromised on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private email system, according to people familiar with the investigation.

The four servers, which were located at the State Department’s headquarters building, were seized by the FBI several weeks ago. They are being checked by technical forensic analysts charged with determining how Top Secret material was sent to Clinton’s private email by State Department aides during her tenure as secretary from 2009 to 2013, said two people familiar with the probe. The people spoke on condition of anonymity because it is an ongoing investigation.
FBI probe of Clinton e-mail expands to second data company
The FBI’s probe into the security of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s e-mail has expanded to include a second private technology company, which said Tuesday it plans to provide the law enforcement agency with data it preserved from Clinton’s account.

The additional data, provided by Connecticut-based Datto Inc., could open a new avenue for investigators interested in recovering e-mails deleted by the former secretary of state — now the Democratic presidential front-runner — that have caught the interest of GOP lawmakers.

Datto’s work on the Clinton e-mail system became public Tuesday when the Republican chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee sent the company a lengthy letter seeking information about the role it and other firms played in managing the Clinton e-mail system.
And that second set of servers opened up a new area of vulnerability: Clinton e-mails were vulnerable to hackers, tech firm warned
A technology subcontractor that has worked on Hillary Rodham Clinton’s e-mail setup expressed concerns over the summer that the system was inadequately protected and vulnerable to hackers, a company official said Wednesday.

But the concerns were rebuffed by the company managing the Clinton account, Platte River Networks, which said it had been instructed by the FBI not to make changes. The FBI has been reviewing the security of the e-mail system.

The subcontractor, Datto, which specializes in backing up data, had not been aware that it was handling Clinton e-mails until media reports in August noted Platte River Networks’ involvement with the controversy surrounding the former secretary of state’s e-mails.

Datto officials, worried about the “sensitive high profile nature of the data,” then recommended upgrading security by adding sophisticated encryption technology to its backup systems, said the Datto official, who requested anonymity to discuss an issue involving a client.
Since Datto didn't know that they were housing secret and top secret State Department emails, they did not use the highest security standards: Cyberattacks & a Clinton Hack
Three Associated Press reporters collaborate on an article exploring cyberattacks on Hillary Clinton’s email server after she left office in 2013. The attacks originated in China, South Korea, and Germany; they appear to have been blocked by a threat monitoring product connected to her network in late 2013. I assume that the attacks were detected (not just blocked, if they were blocked) by software, though that is not entirely clear. However, according to the article, “there was a period of more than three months from June to October 2013 when that protection had not been installed[.]” The AP helpfully adds: “That means her server was possibly vulnerable to cyberattacks during that time.”
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SECNAP is not a well-known computer security provider. The company’s website and promotional literature describe CloudJacket as a monitoring system designed to counter unauthorized intrusions and monitor threats around the clock. Corporate documents show SECNAP has been in existence since at least 2002, selling computer spam filter and firewall products.
A SECNAP representative declined to comment, citing company policy.
The AP reported last month that Russia-linked hackers sent Clinton emails in 2011 – when she was still secretary of state – loaded with malware that could have exposed her computer if she opened the attachments. It is not known if she did.
The attacks Johnson mentions in his letter are different, according to government officials familiar with them. They were probing Clinton’s server directly, not through email.

I think that by now we can assume the Russians, the Germans, the French, the Israelis, the Norks, and well, damn near everyone knows more about the contents of Hillary's email than we do: State Department tells Hillary Clinton to search for more emails to fill ‘gap’
The State Department has told former Secretary Hillary Rodham Clintonto go back and search for still more emails, releasing a letter Tuesday urging her to see whether her Internet providers can recover any of the messages believed to be missing from a “gap” during her first months in office.

The move, which administration attorneys revealed in a court filing, was made as the legal case to pry messages loose takes a new turn.
But that may yet change, if Obama hates Hillary enough to try to torpedo her presidential run in favor of Slow Joe Biden. Experts See Hillary's Deleted Emails as Recoverable
Tonight, Sean Hannity had two cyber-security experts on his program: Morgan Wright, proprietor of his own cyber strategies company, and Brian Finch, cybersecurity co-chair at the law firm of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman. Wright said he thinks the likelihood of fully recovering Hillary’s deleted emails is 90 percent or more. Finch did not disagree.

Frankly, I’m not sure that Wright and Finch have enough information reliably to set odds with precision. However, I wouldn’t discount the view that the chances of something like full recovery are good.
Occasionally a member of the chattering classes writes something that is not just wrong, that is not just irritating, but that is genuinely dangerous. Matthew Yglesias’s latest essay at Vox is just such a piece. Writes Yglesias:
From her adventures in cattle trading to chairing a policymaking committee in her husband’s White House to running for Senate in a state she’d never lived in to her effort to use superdelegates to overturn 2008 primary results to her email servers, [Hillary] Clinton is clearly more comfortable than the average person with violating norms and operating in legal gray areas.
This is, for him, a point in her favor:
Committed Democrats and liberal-leaning interest groups are facing a reality in which any policy gains they achieve are going to come through the profligate use of executive authority, and Clinton is almost uniquely suited to deliver the goods. More than almost anyone else around, she knows where the levers of power lie, and she is comfortable pulling them, procedural niceties be damned.
She truly is the perfect leader for America’s moment of permanent constitutional crisis: a person who cares more about results than process, who cares more about winning the battle than being well-liked, and a person who believes in asking what she can get away with rather than what would look best.
For many Democrats, dishonesty is a selling point.

I guess you probably heard that Hillary has come out against TPP after helping to write it, and defending it on many occasions? Hillary's Liberal Media Defenders Got the Word From Hillary HQ, I Guess

Well, I guess Jeff Zelazny and Chuck Todd just got a phone call, huh?

MSNBC recently did a focus group about Hillary, and this very special lady's lovely flexibility was not the first attribute of hers that sprung to mind.
How Hillary Clinton’s Loyal Confidants Could Cost Her the Election
Throughout her many years in public life—through all the disappointments and triumphs, the scandals real or alleged—Clinton has surrounded herself with protectors: a tightly knit Praetorian Guard, mute and loyal. The result has been the opposite of what was intended. When troubles arise—sometimes of Clinton’s own making, sometimes not—she retreats into a defensive crouch, shielding herself inside a cocoon of secrecy, with a small circle of intimates standing watch. With each new round of trouble and scandal, the circle seems to draw tighter. The penchant for secrecy—for all operations to be closely and privately held—increases by yet another increment. But this never proves to be a solution. The secrecy and the closed nature of her dealings generate problems of their own, which in turn prompt efforts to restrict information and draw even more tightly inside a group of intimates. It is a vicious circle. The current controversy over Clinton’s State Department e-mails—the use of a private “” account for government business—is a classic case in point.

Clinton’s way of doing business is by now so entrenched that it is hard to imagine she could ever behave differently. And the people around her have their own interests to consider. There certainly are many who believe in Clinton. But, for some, she is also the world’s most high-maintenance and high-profile meal ticket. To get into her circle, one must behave with extraordinary loyalty. Once you’re in, it’s like Fight Club. The first rule is to never talk about it. The State Department e-mails provide ample evidence of the hermetic circle that exists around Clinton—a world of gatekeepers and advisers, but favor seekers too. “I consider you to be the best friend and the best person I have met in my long life,” wrote Lanny Davis, a Washington lawyer and longtime Clinton associate, who went on in the e-mail to ask Hillary for some help. A top aide, after a television appearance by Clinton, wrote to her of the public reaction: “Three people even told me they teared up.” Another top aide sent Clinton an e-mail, linking to a video of Hillary dancing, with the subject line “Secretary of Awesome.”
"You can tell a woman who boozes by the company she chooses  - and the pig got up and slowly walked away."

Female voter calls Hillary ‘bitchy’ during MSNBC focus group

And these were nominal supporters. . .

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