Technology Shall Be the Death of Hillary

As many people keep saying, “Drip. Drip. Drip.

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.

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

The FBI is separately investigating whether Clinton’s arrangement put classified information at risk but has yet to characterize it as a criminal inquiry.

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

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.’”

The Cloud, you see, is on the Internet. And the Internet is accessible by millions of people around the world. Some of whom have less than honorable intentions. Countries like China. And Russia. Both of whom would love to have the classified material she was transferring. Although, more news out (this time from the AP) saying that it was more than just people in China looking for that intel…

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton’s private email server, containing an electronic inventory of some 55,000 pages of emails from her stint as secretary of state, was repeatedly hit by attempted cyberattacks originating in China, South Korea and Germany in 2014, according to a congressional document obtained by The Associated Press.

At least five cyberattack tries were apparently blocked by a “threat monitoring” product that was connected to her network in October 2013, eight months after she left office. But for more than three months earlier that year, her system was not protected by the security product because it had not been installed.

Clinton’s server operated without its threat monitoring protection between June and October 2013, according to a letter sent by [mc_name name=’Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’J000293′ ], R-Wis., chairman of the Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee. That means her server was possibly vulnerable to cyberattacks during that time.

Germany and South Korea. They and China are just the points of origin that were caught. There were three months where no one was able to catch anything. Add in the probability of Russia and North Korea and Iran and who knows who else, and what you get is a very unsecure situation that the FBI and the media are surprisingly not letting up on. It’s perfectly reasonable to believe this still wouldn’t kill her career and nothing short of Putin standing shirtless atop a mountain waving a flag made of Hillary’s classified emails would cost her the race.

Technology in the modern era can make or break you. If your information falls into the wrong hands, then financially, socially, and professionally, you’re done. If you’re running for president and super confidential information gets hacked, well that’s at least one federal offense. The biggest issue here is Hillary’s total outward indifference to this, which is how a lawyer should absolutely play this.

But if you’re running for a job where you are supposed to connect with people, indifference is probably not how you want to play this. You want people to trust you? Show human emotion to a situation like this. Show a little fear, but also be defiant. Acting like it doesn’t matter screams “I’m not one of you!” and it doesn’t help you win the support of actual flesh and blood people.