CNN reported that hackers in the employ of the Russian government were able to access President Obama’s email system inside the White House.
The first question that springs to mind is this (and it’s an important one):
If spies were able to penetrate the (supposedly) tight security of the U.S. Government computer systems, just how secure were then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s emails which were kept outside of government control on equipment stored in her own home?
The most powerful woman in the world depended on a non-official email system to conduct business that potentially dealt with the security of every citizen of the United States, and if that doesn’t enrage you then nothing will.
But back to the Russians. The official line from the State Department is that this was reported last year and is no big thing.
CNN citing unnamed U.S. officials that had been briefed on the investigation, reports that last year’s admission “understated the sensitivity of the information accessed.”
I’m shocked (not). And if that’s true, what else are they lying, uh, I mean “understating” or just plain not telling us about?
Well let’s see … a WH National Security Council spokesman poo-pooed the CNN report, calling it speculation about a previously disclosed breach.
“Any such activity is something we take very seriously. In this case, as we made clear at the time, we took immediate measures to evaluate and mitigate the activity,” said spokesman Mark Stroh.
Really? Because it turns out that to access the White House servers, the Russian hackers used an exploit from an earlier hack in which the State Department’s network was breached.
My oh my. Where were the evaluation and mitigation activities then? And have these so-called activities increased in efficacy over time?
The White House does not believe its classified systems, which contain national security information, were compromised, White House Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes told CNN in an interview.
Color me cynical, but I am not convinced.