In what amounts to the smoke gun proof that chants of “Lock her up!” were never about Hillary Clinton’s email security, Vice President Mike Pence has been caught red handed having used a similar private server during his time as governor – only unlike Hillary’s his server was hacked.
Emails released to IndyStar in response to a public records request show Pence communicated via his personal AOL account with top advisers on topics ranging from security gates at the governor’s residence to the state’s response to terror attacks across the globe. In one email, Pence’s top state homeland security adviser relayed an update from the FBI regarding the arrests of several men on federal terror-related charges.
Cybersecurity experts say the emails raise concerns about whether such sensitive information was adequately protected from hackers, given that personal accounts like Pence’s are typically less secure than government email accounts.In fact, Pence’s personal account was hacked last summer.
This blatantly hypocritical behavior may help explain why Pence went ballistic when he found out reporters were demanding to see his email records. In an outrageous attack on transparency, Pence actually took the media to court in order to block the release of an email that may have exposed him as having engaged in shady dealings while governor.
The Indy Star explains why Pence just using a private email account is just the tip of the ice berg. He actually managed to get hacked.
Cybersecurity experts say Pence’s emails were likely just as insecure as Clinton’s. While there has been speculation about whether Clinton’s emails were hacked, Pence’s account was actually compromised last summer by a scammer who sent an email to his contacts claiming Pence and his wife were stranded in the Philippines and in urgent need of money.
Corey Nachreiner, chief technology officer at computer security company WatchGuard Technologies, said the email accounts of Pence and Clinton were probably about equally vulnerable to attacks.
“In this case, you know the email address has been hacked,” he said. “It would be hypocritical to consider this issue any different than a private email server.”
Pence and Trump make a great team: Both are massive hypocrites who didn’t mind projecting all of their faults onto Hillary Clinton. Thankfully for them, many American voters were gullible enough to think they actually meant what they said.
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