The Security implications of the Ashley Madison adultery site hack.

See here at RedState for background: suffice it to say that somebody hacked an adultery-themed social media network with supposedly over 37 million people on it worldwide. Contra @iowahawk‘s funny, and profane, quip, it’s not Bill Clinton that needs to worry about this.

Hackers of unknown origin have begun leaking large chunks of user data from the website of Ashley Madison — a social-networking site promising “discreet encounters” for married people and which operates under the rubric “Life is short. Have an affair.”



Hillary Clinton’s State Department security at the mercy of anybody who could hack a spam filtering service.

Well, this is particularly droll: “Hillary Clinton used a spam filtering service MxLogic to filter her spam and viruses. What this means is – employees at MxLogic, now owned by McAfee – had full access to all her classified state department email in unencrypted form.”  Assuming that the guy is correct, it sounds like there was a giant, gaping hole in the administration’s security system that nobody caught until years after the fact.  And please note that this story is from somebody who actually wants Hillary Clinton, or at least a Democrat, elected President: in other words, this isn’t a partisan story*. (more…)


Yeah, I wasn’t happy to be right about the White House security zone thing.

Legal Insurrection noted that I had more or less called what was going to happen

After an unprecedented security breach Friday night at the White House, the U.S. Secret Service is weighing a series of measures that would move tourists and D.C. residents farther away from the complex to reduce the chances of intruders piercing its security perimeter and endangering the president.

One proposal is to keep people off the sidewalks around the White House fence and create several yards of additional barrier around the compound’s perimeter.

…or at least, what’s likely to happen – anyway, I’d rather to have been wrong.  Although maybe the Secret Service might still try a third option, like take their jobs more seriously…


Your personal information is not secure on healthcare.gov. #obamacare

This… is not an issue of too many people making the site crash.  Heritage:

Justin Hadley logged on to HealthCare.gov to evaluate his insurance options after his health plan was canceled. What he discovered was an apparent security flaw that disclosed eligibility letters addressed to individuals from another state.


After multiple attempts to access the problem-plagued website, Hadley finally made it past the registration page Thursday. That’s when he was greeted with downloadable letters about eligibility — for two people in South Carolina.


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