Petraeus CyberClusterFuck: Broadwell used world's dumbest email troll security protocols


31 Responses to “Petraeus CyberClusterFuck: Broadwell used world's dumbest email troll security protocols”

  1. mtdna says:

    Sheesh – what a rube. Everyone knows you should use at least ROT13 for communications with the Director of the CIA. For super-top secret stuff you take it up to ROT17.

  2. ChicagoD says:

    Are there still cybercafes in the U.S.? I think we call them “Chicago Public Libraries” where I live.

    Also, two burner phones with text messaging. Do your thing. Throw he phones away. Done.

    • acerplatanoides says:

      I assure you, most of the places that generals spend their time, people will come and find you if you have such a device on your person. The building itself will know.

      And if that phone is not on you, it’s not secure enough to meet the goal you got it for. That’s a great solution, for you and I, but not for people who spend all their time in our most secure facilities. 

      • ChicagoD says:

        Well, as far as that goes, the general would be better off keeping Little Patton in his pants. That, in and of itself, is an unacceptable security risk. Once Patton is rampaging through Broadwell’s Bavaria (all the way to whatever Pilsen is in this analogy . . .) all bets are off.

  3. Lobster says:


  4. Cowicide says:

    used world’s dumbest email troll security protocols

    What were the dumb security protocols she used, specifically?  Not using her home’s Internet connection sounds like a smart move to me.

  5. dolo54 says:

    I imagine the FBI found the source of the email as a cybercafe, and subpoenaed the cafe’s security video during the time the emails were sent, thus identifying the sender. World’s dumbest, well that would be the guy who emails someone from the house they are robbing (or updates their facebook page and leaves it logged in, which has happened IRL).

  6. Break up the war on love and humanity already and get those pamphlets on OpenBSD out there in the halls for journos. On people who are X.11 and triceps dorks…under what circumstances will it be important that you put middling mescaline on my bike or door handle monday mornings, anyhow?

  7. Antinous / Moderator says:

    And today’s Urban Dictionary Word of the Day is pentagonorrhea.

  8. Jako says:

    I find it amazing that the director of the CIA would not use freely available and public means to secure his communications like Enigmail email encryption and offshore VPN and email like Unspyable. Where do we find these guys and put them in such positions. Of course being so dumb as to get involved in such a thing in the first place speaks volumes in itself.

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