• Did Spam Filtering Service Have Full Access to Clinton Emails?

    March 19, 2015

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    A researcher says the commercial spam filtering service Hillary Clinton used for her personal email server had full, unfettered access to her messages. A person at the company — or someone who could hack into the company — could read and save any of her messages.

    Marc Perkel tells us that “Hillary Clinton used a spam filtering service MxLogic to filter her spam and viruses. What this means is employees at MxLogic, now owned by McAfee (which has been bought out by Intel), had full access to all her State Department email in unencrypted form.”

    Perkel explains email from the Internet is routed by DNS records called MX records which are used to look up where to deliver email. When someone uses an external spam filtering service they point their MX records to that service and all email for that domain goes to the spam filtering service first. They clean it and forward the good email on to the recipient.”

    So, without such a filtering service, your email goes from You straight to Me. When I sign up for such a service, your email goes from You to the MxLogic Company to Me.

    Setting things up is pretty easy, once you sign up for the filtering service. McAfee says “activation starts with a simple mail exchanger (MX) record redirection.” That redirects emails from you to them, and then them to me.

    Exposing Clinton’s Technical Details

    Did Hillary use the services of MxLogic/McAfee? Perkel says yes, that the MX records for clintonemail.com are:

    clintonemail.com. 7200 IN MX 10 clintonemail.com.inbound10.mxlogicmx.net.
    clintonemail.com. 7200 IN MX 10 clintonemail.com.inbound10.mxlogic.net.

    We know that Clinton’s server was fully unencrypted for her first three months of overseas travel. It is unclear exactly when after that encryption was employed, but it does not matter. McAfee had to be able to read the email messages to filter them. So a message might have been encrypted into McAfee, and it might have left McAfee encrypted, but inside the company it was visible. A company employee could have accessed it. A foreign intelligence service could have planted someone inside the company. Someone could have hacked into McAfee from outside.

    Now one of the ways all this could be quickly checked and parsed through is to examine the header information on Clinton’s emails, the technical stuff you usually don’t see when you open a message (but it is in there.) Oh, wait. You can only see that information if you have the actual electronic email. If someone prints the message out, as Clinton did in delivering 55,000 pages to the State Department, the technical information is lost forever. In that sense, Clinton did not deliver her actual records to State as required by law, just partial copies.

    Now if someone — anyone — who received an actual Clinton email and has it electronically would share that with some responsible technical people, much would be revealed. Someone with access should also look to see if Guccifer leaked full headers with Sidney Blumenthal’s email from the Clinton server.

    Is Clinton Secure?

    So how secure is Clinton’s email server? Well, first of all, the log-in page is still online. Go here and let me know if you get in, please. Keep in mind this may be considered felony hacking and you could go to jail for a long time, so don’t do it.

    But in addition to that, let’s see what security company Qualys’ online server security checker does with Clinton’s rig. Here are the results. Oops! She got only a “B,” with lots of technical stuff marked as “weak.”

    One recalls Clinton in her press conference stating that her server was in a location guarded by the Secret Service. However, researcher Perkel claims to have evidence that the server is at a commercial facility, and not in Clinton’s home or another known location guarded by the Secret Service.

    To be fair, all of the information above pertains to the current state of Clinton’s email server. We do not know much about the state of the server during her four years as Secretary of State. It does seem funny to think, however, that there was any reason to downgrade security at any point. That does not make sense, especially since until recently all of the State Department emails were still on the server.

    Important Note

    Trying to figure out these details is at the edge of my own limited technical knowledge, so I invite readers to clarify, debunk or support all this.

    It also seems that large media companies who can pose questions to Clinton have smart IT personnel. It remains a source of great frustration that these significant issues are being raised exclusively in non-mainstream forums. THE INTERCEPT, WIRED, NEW YORK TIMES — where are you?




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    • Avery said...

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      The staff at The Intercept are known to get annoyed when criticism is posted of the wrong political kind. Also, the corporate culture there is broken.

      http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2015/02/ken-silverstein-the-intercept-115586.html

      As for why NYT is not criticizing Hillary Clinton… uh…

      03/19/15 9:50 AM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      03/19/15 11:50 AM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      Peter said:

      quote”So how secure is Clinton’s email server? Well, first of all, the log-in page is still online. Go here(link) and let me know if you get in, please. Keep in mind this may be considered felony hacking and you could go to jail for a long time, so don’t do it.” unquote

      Ut oh. Peter.. . umm, I think you better take that link out. Barret Brown comes to mind(hint hint)

      umm..know what I mean(hint hint)Just a friendly word of advice,..just to be on the safe side.

      I’ll be back.

      03/19/15 11:53 AM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      Yeah, you don’t want Google to disable your ads.

      03/19/15 12:01 PM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      Rich… yeah, well that’s almost funny compared to what Google really is.

      In reality, once you understand Google is working for the State, it all becomes clear.

      http://www.newsweek.com/assange-google-not-what-it-seems-279447

      At some point, I’m going to quit using computers. I see where the Internet and Google is heading now.

      http://www.fastcompany.com/1257958/google-terminators-skynet

      As for Hillary’s email “scandal”. Meh. It’ll be on the back page next week. Who cares anymore. It’s all just political theater, and NO ONE ever get’s held accountable..EVAH.

      03/19/15 1:53 PM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      ps…Rich. That is not what I was referring to. Look up the charges Barrett Brown was convicted of. I’m serious. Perhaps a little too paranoid, but given the nature of the DOJ these days.. well, you can’t be too carefull.

      While we all know these kind of things, especially the Snowden revelations revealed, have already put a chill on posting certain things, there’s already a push going on to make posting anti-gov material a crime. Like I’ve said a million times, given the WOT, it won’t be long until Sedition laws will be enacted. Mark my words. I’d bet my life on it. In fact, the pre-cursor’s to it are already being enacted.

      https://firstlook.org/theintercept/2015/03/17/whats-scarier-terrorism-governments-unilaterally-blocking-websites-name/

      03/19/15 2:14 PM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      ps2- Looks like The Dissenter thinks the same thing I did about Obama and FOIA.

      http://dissenter.firedoglake.com/

      03/19/15 2:17 PM | Comment Link

    • Kyzl Orda said...

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      03/19/15 4:42 PM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...

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      The next sticky bomb candidate? That is unless he drives a fiberglass import. It’s tough affixing a magnetized surface bomb from a motorcycle in traffic onto a non magnetic surface without being pretty obvious. Ah! The window shield wiper frames are metal- maybe I could put it there?

      03/19/15 7:13 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      Hillary Clinton has a message for Americans:

      “There’s a huge fun deficit in America,” Clinton said during remarks at the American Camp Association conference in Atlantic City. “We really need camps for adults.”

      Like this:

      http://11oclocknews.typepad.com/the_11_oclock_news/2014/12/hillary-clintons-tortured-homeland-nuremberg-excuse.html

      03/19/15 9:49 PM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      John Poole said…

      ” Ah! The window shield wiper frames are metal- maybe I could put it there?”

      ummm..I dunno..but I’d guess your delusions are inspired at your local Hideaway. ..as are mine. Haha. Hey, try not to be so obvious next time. Haha. Your handler might get a clue.

      03/19/15 9:55 PM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      Rich Bauer said…

      Hillary Clinton has a message for Americans:

      “There’s a huge fun deficit in America,” Clinton said during remarks at the American Camp Association conference in Atlantic City. “We really need camps for adults.”

      Like this: ”

      Oh..wait wait..Rich..is that not YOUR blog? Seriously.

      03/19/15 10:00 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      Pitch,

      I can’t answer that as I haven’t left the country yet. You do realize Amazon just got approval to launch drones over US…little, harmless drones.

      They are calling it SkyNet/

      http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2015/03/19/faa-amazon-drones/25037111/

      03/19/15 10:30 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      03/19/15 10:47 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      03/19/15 10:55 PM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      Rich Bauer said…

      “More evidence this country has lost its fucking mind:..”

      Yeah, well wrap your mind around this fucking insanity..

      https://www.scribd.com/fullscreen/258605525?access_key=key-dS1ZhJJ4ZgCH6XXhBqWp&allow_share=true&escape=false&view_mode=scroll

      Note at the bottom of the page..

      JADE HELM MARTIAL LAW WWIII PREP DOCUMENT 1

      If this isn’t living proof of what’s coming..I don’t know what the fuck is. They’re not spending this kind of money on this geographical scale for nothing.

      bartender.. cut me off. It’s time to get sober.

      03/20/15 12:24 PM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...

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      Pitch: I wouldn’t raise my pitchfork against the venal ruling elite for I know the consequences. I know I’d be on my own-I wouldn’t be rescued. I mentioned a sticky bomb as a tactic of the Clintons to eliminate any rivals. Hillary’s obsession-indeed fetish- to be POTUS could end badly for her. That wouldn’t bother me. It doesn’t look like Americans are going to hold her accountable but if she continues to act recklessly as POTUS some adversary outside her homeland gang will hold her accountable in a very punishing way. Maybe she’ll sit in the Oval Office chair and only hear faint strains of Peggy Lee’s “IS THAT ALL THERE IS?” All the nastiness she willingly incurred for decades to reach a goal that starts to seem hollow may overwhelm her and she’ll finally just finally just fold into herself and never return.

      03/20/15 12:27 PM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      John Poole said…
      “Pitch: I wouldn’t raise my pitchfork against the venal ruling elite for I know the consequences.”

      Indeed. A fool and his life are soon parted. However, there ARE circumstances. Even the Framers knew, for which they thankfully provided the solution in the 2nd Amendment. However, the government isn’t a fool either. Which is why I said:

      “They’re not spending this kind of money on this geographical scale for nothing.”

      Unfortunately, I FORGOT to add..look at the “hostile” states.
      I also forgot to add the reason they “consider” those states hostile. It doesn’t take an Einstein to figure out why…

      http://www.guns.com/2015/03/19/government-watches-the-rise-of-well-armed-american-militias-video/

      Any questions?

      03/20/15 3:49 PM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...

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      Pitch- I think these so called American militants are delusional. They want matching fire power in case they have to go up against a well armed police or military force but are clueless as to what their government is concocting in weapons labs that they can’t buy at the local gun show. If if comes to armed conflict the government will most likely pull out some remarkable and unmatchable weaponry. See the film District 9 for some pointers. It won’t be just drones but shit we can’t even imagine.

      03/20/15 5:03 PM | Comment Link

    • Bruce said...

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      NSA & GRU … where Are YOU?!

      03/23/15 6:52 PM | Comment Link

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