Second IT Company Datto Inc. Agrees to Give Clinton’s Server Data to FBI


DRIP, DRIP, DRIP … And the Hillary Clinton email/private server scandal keeps on coming. Just when you thought there was only one IT company involved in Hillary Clinton’s email server, there now appears to be another. Datto Inc., an IT company based in Norwalk, CT, has become the second firm to get caught up in the Hillary email/server scandal. The Connecticut based company to provide Hillary’s server data to the FBI. Hmm, remember when it was said that Hillary’s server was wiped/scrubbed clean? Not so fast. As Doug Powers at Michelle opines, maybe Val the bartender can explain to Hillary how her secure emails got in the Cloud.

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 … So you see, data is stored in the Cloud

Hillary Clinton hired a Connecticut company to back up her emails on a “cloud” storage system, and her lawyers have agreed to turn whatever it contains over to the FBI, a personal familiar with the situation said Tuesday.

The disclosure came as a Republican Senate committee chairman, Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson, also asked the firm to turn over to the committee copies of any Clinton emails still in its possession.

There were conflicting accounts as to whether the development could lead to recovery of any of Clinton’s more than 31,000 personal emails, which she said she deleted from her private server upon turning over her work-related emails to the State Department, at its request, in December 2014.

Datto Inc., based in Norwalk, Conn., became the second data storage firm to become entangled in the inquiry into Clinton’s unusual email arrangement, which has sparked a furor that has dogged her campaign. In August, Clinton and the firm that had managed her server since June 2013, Colorado-based Platte River Networks, agreed to surrender it for examination by the FBI.

On Friday, Clinton’s attorney, David Kendall, and Platte River agreed to allow Datto to turn over the data from the backup server to the FBI, said the person familiar with Datto’s storage, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter.

Oh what a tangled web we weave, when we practice to deceive. But of course Hillary Clinton will tell you that she is the most transparent individual ever. More from McClatchy DC.

Several weeks ago, Platte River employees discovered that her private server was syncing with an offsite Datto server, he said

When Datto acknowledged that was the case, a Platte River employee replied in an email: “This is a problem.”

Johnson said that “Datto apparently possessed a backup of the server’s contents since June 2013.”

Upon that discovery, Platte River “directed Datto to not delete the saved data and worked with Datto to find a way to move the saved information . . . back to Secretary Clinton’s private server.”

The letter also noted that Platte River employees were directed to reduce the amount of email data being stored with each backup. Late this summer, Johnson wrote, a Platte River employee took note of this change and inquired whether the company could search its archives for an email from Clinton Executive Service Corp. directing such a reduction in October or November 2014 and then again around February, advising Platte River to save only emails sent during the most recent 30 days.

Those reductions would have occurred after the State Department requested that Clinton turn over her emails.

215 More Hillary Clinton Emails, Now More than 400, Marked Classified In Latest State Department Email Dump


The State Department conducted another Hillary Clinton email document dump and low and behold, even more emails marked classified have turned up. According to the Politico, the number of emails now considered classified total more than 400, with three of the 215 newly classified documents marked as SECRET,  the middle tier of the national security classification system. But I thought Hillary said she had done nothing wrong? With all of this, how on Earth is this woman still a viable candidate to be President of the United States?

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Nothing here folks, I’s a Clinton, what did you expect?

The controversy over Hillary Clinton’s use of personal email while she was secretary of state is showing no signs of easing, as the number of messages now deemed classified doubled with the State Department’s latest release and as more details emerged about the potential vulnerability of her account.

The number of emails now considered classified total more than 400, with three of the 215 newly classified documents marked as SECRET — the middle tier of the national security classification system. While Clinton has maintained that she never received or forwarded messages that were marked classified at the time, critics have argued that the use of a private email account and server put her in a precarious position when dealing with sensitive materials.

In another blow to the Clinton campaign’s “nothing to see here” narrative, the latest release shows that hackers targeted her personal email at least five times in August 2011, as part of a widespread speeding ticket hoax. It’s not clear if Clinton ever clicked on what appeared to be virus-laden attachments that security experts say seem to have originated in Russia. Clinton and her surrogates have argued there is no evidence her “home brew” email system was ever compromised.

More from Hot Air, its only a matter of time before the State Department distances itself from Clinton, but the rest of the Obama administration. It will be interesting to see what the White House does once and if Joe Biden enters the presidential race. Hillary will have bus tire marks on her pant suit.

State’s action in classifying this data is rather telling. Other e-mails have been classified above that level by demand from intelligence agencies and the FBI, but State has pushed back against those decisions on Hillary’s behalf. That has allowed Hillary’s defenders to try to muddy the waters by talking about overclassification as the real problem in this scandal, rather than Hillary’s use of an unsecured communications system to send and receive sensitive data relating to national security — including satellite-derived intel on North Korea’s nukes, which no one doubts should be highly classified. The decision by State to classify these as SECRET undermines that argument significantly.

Plus, now we find out that extremely sensitive diplomatic data on the Iranian nuclear negotiations may as well have been on Hotmail. I’m sure that will bolster trust among our allies about our ability to protect discussions held in confidence with our diplomatic personnel.

Emails Show Russia-linked Hackers Tried 5 Times to Break into Hillary Clinton’s Private Server


EMAIL-GATE CONTINUES TO GET WORSE FOR HILLARY CLINTON …  The AP is reporting that Russian linked hackers tried at least 5 times to break into Hillary Clinton’s private email server. It turns out that the hackers knew Hillary Clinton was using a private email account that they tried a phishing attempt on her private email in the form of a phony speeding ticket. Unbelievable, this is what happens when you have a private email account with no security measures. Had these emails been on a government server, it would all but be assured that they would have never gotten through cyber security.

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Russia-linked hackers tried at least five times to pry into Hillary Rodham Clinton’s private email account while she was US secretary of state, emails released Wednesday show.

It is unclear, however, if she clicked on any attachment and exposed her account.

Clinton received the infected emails, disguised as speeding tickets, over four hours early on the morning of August 3, 2011.

The emails instructed recipients to print the attached tickets, which would have allowed hackers to take control of their computers.

Security researchers who analyzed the malicious software in September 2011 said that infected computers would transmit information from victims to at least three server computers overseas, including one in Russia.

But the phishing attempts highlight the risk of Clinton’s unsecure email being pried open by foreign intelligence agencies, even if others also received the virus concealed as a speeding ticket from Chatham, New York. The email misspelled the name of the city, came from a supposed New York City government account and contained a “” file that would have been a red flag.

Most commercial antivirus software at the time would have detected the software, identified it as dangerous and prevented users from infecting themselves. It was unclear if the State Department’s network security would have flagged the infected message, or what precautions were in place protecting Clinton’s server in the basement of her home in Chappaqua.

Former State Department Officials Say Hillary’s E-mail Defense is ‘Total BS’

Hillary Clinton’s email defense is as I like to refer to … “Bovine Scatology”.

It appears that others are calling BS on Hillary Clinton and her excuses with the email/private server scandal. Former State Department security officials are calling Hillary Clinton’s email defense total bull $hit. Any secretary of state should have known better. It would appear that Hillary’s excuses are wearing thin with ex-state department insiders. This scandal is far from a right-wing conspiracy witch hunt that Ms. Clinton would have every one believe. It just will not go away. Why, because it has merit and legs. For the first time I am actually believing that this might just sink her presidential run.

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Former State Department security officials don’t buy Hillary Clinton’s latest alibi that she couldn’t tell that government e-mails — which she improperly, if not illegally, kept for several years on an unsecured home server — contained top-secret information because they lacked official markings and weren’t classified until later.

Such messages contain sensitive “keywords” distinguishing them from unclassified information, even if the material didn’t bear a classified heading as she claims.

The secretary would have known better, the department ­officials say, because she was trained to understand the difference when she was “read in” on procedures to ID and handle classified information by diplomatic-security officials in 2009.

Clinton also went through a so-called “read-off” when she left ­office in 2013. In that debriefing, security officials reminded her of her duty to return all classified documents, including ones in which the classification status is “uncertain,” which would have included the e-mails stored on her private server — which she only this month turned over to authorities. The read-off would have included her signing a nondisclosure agreement.

Perv Josh Duggar Admits Cheating on Wife After Data Released in Ashley Madison Hack


Following the release of members data by hackers from the affair orientated web site, Ashley Madison, former reality TV star Josh Duggar admitted today that he had subscribed to the website and cheated on his wife. Really, you scumbag? If it wasn’t bad enough that Josh Duggar skated on molesting his sisters when he was a teen and was never punished for it, now we find out the one time executive director of the Family Research Council, who stepped down in disgrace, was a paying member on the adulterous website Ashley Madison and cheated on his lovely wife. This goes beyond hypocrite, YOU ARE A POS SCUMBAG!!!

Former reality TV star Josh Duggar on Thursday admitted cheating on his wife after reports that he had subscribed to the Ashley Madison affair website, apologizing for being “the biggest hypocrite ever.”

“While espousing faith and family values, I have been unfaithful to my wife,” Duggar, 27, a former campaigner for family values who appeared on the TLC show “19 Kids and Counting,” said in a statement posted on his family’s website.

“The last few years, while publicly stating I was fighting against immorality in our country I was hiding my own personal failures,” he added, calling himself the “biggest hypocrite ever.”

The Discovery Communications-owned network last month cancelled “19 Kids,” after disclosures in May that Duggar had sexually abused four of his sisters when he was a teenager, one of whom was under 10 years old at the time.

Duggar apologised in a statement, saying he “acted inexcusably,” and resigned from his job at Christian lobbying group Family Research Council.

In an earlier version of Duggar’s statement posted on the family’s website and reported by People magazine and Buzzfeed, he said “I have secretly over the last several years been viewing pornography on the internet and this became a secret addiction and I became unfaithful to my wife.”

Josh Duggar Spent $1000 on Ashley Madison Site?

People can ask for forgiveness and can be forgiven, however, there has to be remorse, true remorse, not the kind that one gets just because they are caught red handed with their hands in the cookie jar.

15,000 Government Emails Revealed in Affair Ashley Madison Website Leak, Including IRS, DHS & Obama White House (Update: Josh Duggar Said To Have Multiple Accounts)

WELL ISN’T THIS EMBARRASSING … 15,000 Government email accounts used to register accounts were hosted on government servers.

As reported at The Hill, 15,000 government emails were used to register accounts on the “want to have an affair on your spouse or significant other” website, Ashley Madison. According to reports, the 15,000 of the email addresses used to register accounts were hosted on government and military servers. The Department of Veterans Affairs is the largest, non-military federal user of Ashley Madison; however, also represented on the list includes emails that could be tied to multiple administration agencies, including the State Department and Department of Homeland Security, House, Senate and Obama White House. Hmm … isn’t that interesting.  Ashley Madison, whose tagline is “Life is Short, Have an Affair,” after the the hacking group called “Impact Team” might now be changing their motto to, hope you got screwed, because now you really are.

Well at least we know none of the .gov email accounts belong to Hillary, so she can avoid at least one scandal.

Ashley Madison website

Thousands of clients using the affair-oriented Ashley Madison website listed email addresses registered to the White House, top federal agencies and military branches, a data dump by hackers revealed.

The detailed data, released Tuesday, will likely put Washington, D.C., on edge. The nation’s capital reportedly has the highest rate of membership for the site of any city.

Indeed, more than 15,000 of the email addresses used to register accounts were hosted on government and military servers.

Buried in the list are emails that could be tied to multiple administration agencies, including the State Department and Department of Homeland Security, as well as several tied to both the House and Senate.  

For a month, hackers using the name “Impact Team” have been holding hostage the dating profiles of those who registered on the site. The group threatened to publicly out the potential adulterers if the site’s owner, Avid Life Media, didn’t take down Ashley Madison, which uses the tagline, “Life is short. Have an affair.”

Security researchers said on Wednesday that they believe the data released following the hack at Ashley Madison is authentic.

“This dump appears to be legit,” said David Kennedy, CEO of information security company TrustedSec, which monitors cyber attacks, in a blog post. “Very, very legit.”

Notes on the Ashley-Madison dump, You can download the data here.

On Twitter, @t0x0 provided Salted Hash with a breakdown of these addresses. A brief example is below; the image contains a larger list of domains. A full list is available here.

Domain  Count     6788        1665        809        206   127  104 88  73    62      55       54        52        46 45  44 42 11 6

UPDATE I: Family Values Activist Josh Duggar Had a Paid Ashley Madison Account.

Good grief, seriously? As if Josh didn’t have enough issues with inappropriately touching his sisters as a teen. How this? According to The Daily Mail, Josh Duggar revealed as having ‘paid almost $1,000 for multiple Ashley Madison accounts’ as 37 million would-be love-cheats are named by hackers who stole Ashley Madison accounts.

But data released online in the wake of the hack on Ashley Madison’s servers certainly seems to show otherwise. Someone using a credit card belonging to a Joshua J. Duggar, with a billing address that matches the home in Fayetteville, Arkansas owned by his grandmother Mary—a home that was consistently shown on their now-cancelled TV show, and in which Anna Duggar gave birth to her first child—paid a total of $986.76 for two different monthly Ashley Madison subscriptions from February of 2013 until May of 2015.

Family Values Activist Josh Duggar Had a Paid Ashley Madison Account

According to the data, Josh Duggar was paying Ashley Madison in order to find an extramarital partner for the following acts:

“Conventional Sex,” Experimenting with Sex Toys,” One-Night Stands,” “Open to Experimentation,” “Gentleness,” “Good With Your Hands,” Sensual Massage,” “Extended Foreplay/Teasing,” “Bubble Bath for 2,” “Likes to Give Oral Sex,” “Likes to Receive Oral Sex,” “Someone I Can Teach,” “Someone Who Can Teach Me,” “Kissing,” “Cuddling & Hugging,” “Sharing Fantasies,” “Sex Talk.”

MLB Cyber Crime: ST. Louis Cardinals Investigated for Hacking Into Houston Astros’ Database

Forget Deflate-gate, what about HACK-GATE …

Forget about “Deflate-gate” or “Moneyball” welcome to HACK-BALL. The St. Louis cardinals find themselves in the cross-hairs of an FBI and Justice Department investigation into the allegations that they hacked into the databases of MLB’s Houston Astros. This makes Deflategate, Spygate, etc pale in comparison. Why? Because the Feds are involved. This is going to be very interesting as to where this leads. So far no one in the Cardinal organization has been suspended or fired.

MLB needed a new scandal to deal with other than PED.


Front-office personnel for the St. Louis Cardinals, one of the most successful teams in baseball over the past two decades, are under investigation by the F.B.I. and Justice Department prosecutors, accused of hacking into an internal network of the Houston Astros to steal closely guarded information about players.

Investigators have uncovered evidence that Cardinals employees broke into a network of the Astros that housed special databases the team had built, law enforcement officials said. Internal discussions about trades, proprietary statistics and scouting reports were compromised, said the officials, who were not authorized to discuss a continuing investigation.

The officials did not say which employees were the focus of the investigation or whether the team’s highest-ranking officials were aware of the hacking or authorized it. The investigation is being led by the F.B.I.’s Houston field office and has progressed to the point that subpoenas have been served on the Cardinals and Major League Baseball for electronic correspondence.

Law enforcement officials believe the hacking was executed by vengeful front-office employees for the Cardinals hoping to wreak havoc on the work of Jeff Luhnow, the Astros’ general manager, who had been a successful and polarizing executive with the Cardinals until 2011.

HACK ATTACK: U.S. Says Office of Personnel Management Hacked … the Records & Info of 4 Million Federal Emplyees, China Suspected

The Office of Personnel Management has been hacked and the records of 4 million past and current federal employees has had their records breached. US officials suspect China was behind the cyber attack. It is being called one of the largest thefts of government data in history. In the video below it is being reported that any federal employees who were victims of identity theft will be notified and will receive free credit monitoring. Free? Its not free, the America tax payers will be paying for that service because the federal government could not properly allocate monies to cyber security. It was just last month that we learned the IRS had been hacked.

U.S. officials suspect that hackers in China stole the personal records of as many as four million people in one of the most far-reaching breaches of government computers.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is probing the breach, detected in April at the Office of Personnel Management. The agency essentially functions as the federal government’s human resources department, managing background checks, pension payments and job training across dozens of federal agencies.

Investigators suspect that hackers based in China are responsible for the attack, though the probe is continuing, according to people familiar with the matter. On Thursday, several U.S. officials described the breach as among the largest known thefts of government data in history.

It isn’t clear exactly what was stolen in the hack attack, but officials said the information can be used to facilitate identity theft or fraud. The Department of Homeland Security said it “concluded at the beginning of May” that the records had been taken.

At a Chinese Foreign Ministry briefing on Friday, ministry spokesman Hong Lei said, “Cyberattacks are anonymous, cross-border and hard to trace. If you keep using the words “maybe” or “perhaps” without making a thorough study, this is irresponsible and unscientific.” He said China opposes all forms of cyberattacks. “We hope the U.S. side will shed its suspicions.”

I hate to say it, maybe Hillary Clinton had the right idea by using a private server housed at her home to store her State Department government emails on as the cyber protections performed by the US government do not seem to work.

IRS Hacked … Says Thieves Stole Tax Info From 100,000 Taxpayers

In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes. Scratch that … IRS HACKED.

Reason number one why I would never use the IRS electronic filing system. The IRS is admitting that they were hacked and the E-thieves stole the tax information of over 100,000 taxpayers. According to reports, the hackers used the website app service called “Get Transcript”to gain access. The IRS states that the hackers used this app to download forms full of personal information between February and May of 2015.

It’s only a matter of time before the IRS blames this on their budget that was cut.

ABC News:

Sophisticated criminals used an online service run by the IRS to access personal tax information from more than 100,000 taxpayers, part of an elaborate scheme to steal identities and claim fraudulent tax refunds, the IRS said Tuesday.

The thieves accessed a system called “Get Transcript,” where taxpayers can get tax returns and other filings from previous years. In order to access the information, the thieves cleared a security screen that required knowledge about the taxpayer, including Social Security number, date of birth, tax filing status and street address, the IRS said.

“We’re confident that these are not amateurs,” said IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. “These actually are organized crime syndicates that not only we but everybody in the financial industry are dealing with.”

Koskinen wouldn’t say whether investigators believe the criminals are based overseas — or where they obtained enough personal information about the taxpayers to access their returns. The IRS has launched a criminal investigation. The agency’s inspector general is also investigating.

ISIS (Islamic State) Calls For the Death of 100 United States Military Personnel Who They Posted Names & Addresses Online


The Islamic State has called for the death of American military personnel as they have reportedly posted the names, addresses and photos of 100 American military service members online and called upon its “brothers residing in America” to kill them.  The self-identified “Islamic State Hacking Division” claimed to have obtained the information by hacking into military servers, databases and emails.  They are claiming the individuals named had participated in efforts to defeat it in Syria, Iraq, Yemen and elsewhere.


Pic Hat Tip: Legal Insurrection

Islamic State has posted online what it says are the names, U.S. addresses and photos of 100 American military service members, and called upon its “brothers residing in America” to kill them.

The Pentagon said after the information was posted on the Internet that it was investigating the matter. “I can’t confirm the validity of the information, but we are looking into it,” a U.S. defense official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said on Saturday.

“We always encourage our personnel to exercise appropriate OPSEC (operations security) and force protection procedures,” the official added.

In the posting, a group referring to itself as the “Islamic State Hacking Division” wrote in English that it had hacked several military servers, databases and emails and made public the information on 100 members of the U.S. military so that “lone wolf” attackers can kill them.

NY Times – ISIS Urges Sympathizers to Kill U.S. Service Members It Identifies on Website.

Defense Department and F.B.I. officials said that they were aware of the website and were investigating the posting.

It does not appear that the information had been hacked from government servers. One Defense Department official, who was not authorized to speak publicly, said that most of the information could be found in public records, residential address search sites and social media.

The officials said the list appears to be drawn from personnel who have appeared in news articles about airstrikes on the militant group.

Some of the names also appear to be drawn from the Defense Department’s own official reports on the campaign against the Islamic State, also known as ISIS and ISIL.

“With the huge amount of data we have from various different servers and databases, we have decided to leak 100 addresses so that our brothers in America can deal with you,” the Islamic State’s so-called Hacking Division said in the web posting.

It added: “And now we have made it easy for you by giving you addresses, all you need to do is take the final step, so what are you waiting for?”

The disclosure by the Islamic State highlights some of the challenges facing the military in balancing how it performs two essential functions: protecting its personnel while providing the American public with information.

UPDATE I: ‘Behead them in their own homes’: ISIS publishes ‘kill list’ online of names, photos and addresses of 100 US military members.

The ISHD said it wants ‘lone wolf’ attackers to go after the military members and ‘kill them wherever you find them’.

The list did appear to match up with information which was available online, TheBlaze reported.

The posting read: ‘With the huge amount of data we have from various different servers and databases, we have decided to leak 100 addresses so that our brothers in America can deal with you.

‘And now we have made it easy for you by giving you addresses, all you need to do is take the final step, so what are you waiting for?

‘Kill them in their own lands, behead them in their own homes, stab them to death as they walk their streets thinking that they are safe.’

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