[ExI] my unified theory on what really happened at the state department

Adrian Tymes atymes at gmail.com
Wed May 11 06:43:40 UTC 2016

On Tue, May 10, 2016 at 8:27 PM, spike <spike66 at att.net> wrote:

> With that theory in mind, and Guccifer’s plausible explanations for how he
> got in there, how easy it was and how the server was “an open orchid on the
> internet” I must conclude that others found the same weakness, military
> organizations who damn sure were and are interested in politics, parties
> who have vested interest in keeping quiet for now that they have the entire
> archives, who now have vested interest in seeing Hilliary elected president.

Granting your theory for sake of argument, it does not necessarily follow
that others must necessarily have hacked in.

It's certainly possible.  It'd be foolish to assume they definitely did
not.  But...it is also incorrect, and can lead to problems, if one assumes
that anyone did, let alone any specific one.

In order to hack something, one must know that it is there.  Who would have
thought that the Secretary of State would have had her own email server?
If you think it isn't there, you aren't going to attack it except by

Also, for all the fear and paranoia about the capabilities of foreign
hackers...most of them, even the professionals, are script kiddies,
"untrained" by the standards of most senior software engineers in the US.
Which is not to say there aren't good ones out there, but seriously, most
of the hacking is banal stuff that most people on this list - even the
non-IT-specialists, but who have read about the basics of computer security
thanks to this list - would casually brush off.

So we don't know whether it was hacked.  Assuming that foreign operators
have the emails - and that they will act rationally based on that info -
leads to predictions that will not match what actually happens.
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