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Hillary Clinton’s use of personal email increased security risk

By March 5, 2015June 17th, 2017Blog

LA TimesMaybe you’ve seen the new coverage in the past few days about Hillary Clinton’s use of her personal email during her time as Secretary of State. Long story short: While serving as Secretary of State, Clinton never used a government-provided email address and instead exclusively used an email account hosted on her private server. We’ll leave the politics of this to other blogs, but the email security implications here are important, too.

Whoever set up her email didn’t totally know what they were doing. Her server set-up left her open to spoofing. We’ve written extensively about spear phishing before – which involves sending spoofed emails – but can you imagine the damage that could be done if a hacker had been able to send spoofed emails from Mrs. Clinton?

Our own Cameron Brown was quoted on the topic in a story that ran in today’s LA Times:

Security experts said Clinton essentially traded one form of protection for another by shielding her messages from open-records laws but giving up the industrial-level security of an employer that manages countless other email accounts, said Cameron Brown, vice president of engineering at Sendio Inc., a Newport Beach-based firm that develops email security and screening tools.

You can read the full story here.

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