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"Total Amateur Hour" With National Security

Jack Gillum and Stephen Braun report for the Associated Press (emphasis added):

The private e-mail server running in Hillary Clinton's home basement when she was secretary of state was connected to the Internet in ways that made it more vulnerable to hackers while using software that could have been exploited, according to data and documents reviewed by The Associated Press.

Clinton's server, which handled her personal and State Department correspondence, appeared to allow users to connect openly over the Internet to control it remotely, according to detailed records compiled in 2012. Experts said the Microsoft remote desktop service wasn't intended for such use without additional protective measures, and was the subject of U.S. government and industry warnings at the time over attacks from even low-skilled intruders.

Records show that Clinton additionally operated two more devices on her home network in Chappaqua, N.Y., that also were directly accessible from the Internet. One contained similar remote-control software that also has suffered from security vulnerabilities, known as Virtual Network Computing, and the other appeared to be configured to run websites.
Seriously?  The Secretary of State's communications conducted over a server using notoriously hackable off-the-shelf Microsoft software?  This is even more grossly reckless than I thought.

"That's total amateur hour," said Marc Maiffret, who has founded two cybersecurity companies. He said permitting remote-access connections directly over the Internet would be the result of someone choosing convenience over security or failing to understand the risks. "Real enterprise-class security, with teams dedicated to these things, would not do this," he said.
Senator Bernie Sanders said to Mrs. Clinton last night, ""The American people are sick and tired of hearing about your damn emails."  One thing you know for sure about any statement regarding what "the American people" think is that it will be partly wrong.  Certainly the nonrepresentative sample in the room agreed with Sanders, but for many of us a cavalier attitude toward national security is disqualifying for commander-in-chief, and this is important.

Simply put, security leaks kill people.  During World War II, people were reminded of the importance of safeguarding information with the slogan "Loose lips sink ships."  Even when the Supreme Court is at its most expansive in protecting the rights of freedom of the press and of speech, it recognizes national security secrets as a special case.  See Near v. Minnesota, 283 U.S. 697, 716 (1931) ("sailing dates of transports or the number and location of troops").

Did the insecurity of the Clinton home server damage national security?  The AP article says:

Clinton has apologized for running her homebrew server, and President Barack Obama said during a "60 Minutes" interview Sunday it was "a mistake." Obama said national security wasn't endangered, although the FBI still has yet to complete its review of Clinton's server for evidence of hacking.
That is what is known in First Amendment law as "reckless disregard of the truth."  Obama makes a statement on this important issue without any basis for knowing if it is true.  Our law recognizes that there is little moral difference between a knowing lie and such reckless disregard.

What does the person in charge of security for the home brew server say?  He has taken the Fifth.  Notwithstanding the rule in criminal prosecutions, for matters of public discussion we can make the obvious inference from that.

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