New details have emerged about exactly how Hillary Clinton secured the homebrew private email servers she used as Secretary of State. The punchline? Clinton didn't encrypt her emails or use a certificate for her first three months running the State Department.
While the future presidential candidate was dodging reporters' questions and complaining about the inconvenience of carrying two phones, security experts at Venafi, a company that sells email security software, went back to January 2009 when Clinton took office and analysed the server activity through the end of her cabinet term.
The findings are unsettling at best:
Based on TrustNet analyst, Venafi can conclude clintonemail.com was enabled for browser, smartphone, and tablet encryption since 2009 and can operate using encryption through at least 2018. However, for the first 3 months of Secretary Clinton's term, access to the server was not encrypted or authenticated with a digital certificate. During this time, Secretary Clinton travelled to China, Egypt, Israel, South Korea and other locations outside of the U.S.
As security expert Nic Cubrilovic told Gawker last week, "It is almost certain that at least some of the emails hosted at clintonemails.com were intercepted." It now sounds even more likely that emails she was sending while in places like Israel were intercepted. By whom? That remains a mystery.
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