Thursday, October 08, 2015

Hillary Clinton's Email Dark "Cloud"

by JASmius

It's about time that we stop being surprised by each new revelation that comes out of Emailgate, don't you think?  Especially this one; given that online "cloud" data storage is all the rage these days, if Mrs. Clinton was intent upon "privatizing" her State Commissariat email communications setup, doesn't it stand to reason that a "cloud" was going to enter the process somewhere?

You know what the punchline is?  La Clinton Nostra was never aware of it:

A Connecticut company, which backed up Hillary Clinton‘s emails at the request of a Colorado firm, apparently surprised her aides by storing the emails on a “cloud” storage system designed to optimize data recovery.

Pretty much SOP - for "clients" who don't have anything to hide.

The firm, Datto, Inc., said Wednesday that it turned over the contents of its storage to the FBI on Tuesday.…

Datto, based in Norwalk, Connecticut, became the second data storage firm to become entangled in the inquiry into [Mrs.] Clinton’s unusual email arrangement, which has sparked a furor that has dogged her campaign. In August, [Mrs.] Clinton and Colorado-based Platte River Networks, which had managed her primary server since June 2013, agreed to surrender it for examination by the FBI.

Datto and Platte River seemed at odds, however, over how [Mrs.] Clinton’s emails wound up on Datto’s cloud storage, which may have resulted from a misunderstanding.

i.e. Datto didn't know they were part of the coverup.

Platte River spokesman Andy Boian said the firm bought a device from Datto that constantly snaps images of a server’s contents and connected it to the Clinton server at a New Jersey data storage facility. Platte River never asked Datto to beam the images to an off-site cloud storage node and never was billed for that service, he said. Company officials were bewildered when they learned of the cloud storage, he said.

“We said, ‘You have a cloud? You were told not to have a cloud.’ We never received an invoice for any cloud for the Clintons.’”

It's almost unnecessary to point out how additionally unsecure and exposed to hacking and interception and flat out looting all the classified information (and I mean all in a definitional sense, since ALL of Hillary's emails flowed through this completely vulnerable channel) was.  It's so bad that the FBI probably can't even estimate how many times it was accessed and how much of it was compromised.

But as usual, La Clinton Nostra didn't care about any of that, but were instead concerned with Platte River Networks and Datto backing up Her Nib's servers too often and too much:

His letter also cited internal emails recounting requests in late 2014 and early 2015 from [Rodham] representatives for Platte River Networks to direct Datto to reduce the amount of her emails it was backing up. These communications led a Platte River employee to air suspicions that “this whole thing really is covering up some shaddy (sic) shit,” according to an excerpt of an email cited by Johnson. …

At least it dawned on somebody.

Despite Boian’s statement that Platte River set up a thirty-day revolving retention policy for [Mrs.] Clinton’s emails, Johnson’s letter noted that Platte River employees were directed to reduce the amount of email data being stored with each backup. Late this summer, Johnson wrote, a Platte River employee took note of this change and inquired whether the company could search its archives for an email from Clinton Executive Service Corporation directing such a reduction in October or November 2014 and then again around February, advising Platte River to save only emails sent during the most recent thirty days.

Those reductions would have occurred after the State Department requested that [Mrs.] Clinton turn over her emails. [emphasis added]

Of course, they did.  Or as Danny Phantom once said of Vlad Masters' ghost portal, "Subtle as a rubber mallet".

Actually, though, this gives Hillary Clinton and myself something in common: I hate and distrust "clouds," too.  I want my data storage on my own local hard drive, not some server God know where else.  I've always done my own backups, too, which I also keep in-house rather than "ghosting" it and transmitting the images willy-nilly all over the 'Net.  But that's because I don't want my data compromised or hacked.  In the Empress's case, it's because she didn't want anybody to find out that she was serially and systematically breaking federal law nor the nefarious purposes behind it.

Something tells me the former Democrat front-runner is going to have an inordinately difficult time finding a silver lining to go with this particular dark "cloud".

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