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How CIA Director David Petraeusís Emails Were Traced (and How to Protect Yourself)
Lifehacker ^ | Tuesday, November 13, 2012 | Thorin Klosowski

Posted on 11/13/2012 8:56:48 PM PST by Jyotishi

Late last week, CIA director David Petraeus stepped down from his position after an FBI investigation revealed an extramarital affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell. Curiously, the revelation of the affair came about using location data from Gmail. Here's how the FBI put together the pieces, and how you can keep them from doing the same to you.

How the Affair Was Revealed by Tracing through Gmail

As you'd expect, the timeline of the affair itself is terribly complicated, and to understand the email trace that lead to the outing of the relationship, we do need to vaguely understand what happened with the affair. Here's a very brief summation of the events.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the original red flag that caught the FBI's ear was a series of anonymous, threatening emails sent to Jill Kelley, a Florida woman who organized military social events. The FBI then traced those threatening emails to their origin—probably with an IP address given up by Google—to Paula Broadwell. The FBI then got a warrant to monitor those email addresses, and eventually stumbled upon another email account where Petraeus and Broadwell left drafts of messages for each other:...

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TOPICS: Computers/Internet; Government; Politics
KEYWORDS: benghazi; broadwell; cia; email; petraeus; privacy; proxy; security
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1 posted on 11/13/2012 8:56:59 PM PST by Jyotishi
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To: Jyotishi

“and how you can keep them from doing the same to you”

Or better yet, follow the advice a wise man gave me many years ago -

Never have sex with anyone crazier than you are.


2 posted on 11/13/2012 9:07:24 PM PST by I cannot think of a name
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To: Jyotishi

Want to protect yourself ... don’t send incriminating e-mails. I would never send an e-mail that I didn’t want the whole world to read.

If I wanted to send a message to someone unbeknownst to anyone I would put in an envelope and put a stamp on it ... off it would go. Might take a little longer, but it would be private.


3 posted on 11/13/2012 9:07:44 PM PST by doc1019
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To: Jyotishi

A man who is this ignorant about elementary cybersecurity should not be running the most powerful intelligence agency in the world.

Irene Kennedy would be appalled, and Thomas Stanfield would be spinning in his grave...


4 posted on 11/13/2012 9:14:57 PM PST by bigbob
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To: I cannot think of a name

Seriously, who uses a Gmail account to make threats........that’s what you use your DU mail account for.


5 posted on 11/13/2012 9:34:06 PM PST by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: bigbob

I agree. It looks like Petraeus was set up big time.


6 posted on 11/13/2012 9:34:06 PM PST by Jyotishi (Seeking the truth, a fact at a time.)
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To: bigbob
Irene Kennedy would be appalled, and Thomas Stanfield would be spinning in his grave...

An now Petraeus is going to take the Rapp.

7 posted on 11/13/2012 9:41:27 PM PST by Jeff Chandler (www.youtube.com/watch?v=tpAOwJvTOio)
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To: USNBandit
Seriously, who uses a Gmail account to make threats........that’s what you use your DU mail account for.

Admittedly, DU's admin staff is no match for Google's. But an IP address is 32 bits. And access logs are easy to search. What makes you think DU wouldn't give up yours, even if they haven't yet figured out you are a conservative troll?

8 posted on 11/13/2012 10:11:19 PM PST by cynwoody
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To: bigbob
A man who is this ignorant about elementary cybersecurity should not be running the most powerful intelligence agency in the world.

Amen, brother.

9 posted on 11/13/2012 10:11:37 PM PST by Wally_Kalbacken
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To: I cannot think of a name
Better than that are my two rules for surviving any job situation.

1. Keep your hands out of the till........

2. Keep your dick in your pants........

10 posted on 11/13/2012 10:21:45 PM PST by Species8472 (Stupid is supposed to hurt)
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To: I cannot think of a name
Another old wise saying: “Never put on paper [email/online] anything you wouldn't want to see on the front page of the paper.”

Petraeua was too trusting - he got set up. He took the bait.
But, good grief, in the world he has lived in most all his life - surrounded by as many unscrupulous people as honest - how could he not know better than to leave a trail?

I fear for him and his family - and us.

11 posted on 11/13/2012 10:37:21 PM PST by maine-iac7 (Christian is as Christian does.)
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To: I cannot think of a name

“Never have sex with anyone crazier than you are.”

Twenty-three years of marriage and I’ve been breaking that rule the whole time :-)


12 posted on 11/13/2012 10:41:34 PM PST by Gil4 (Progressives - Trying to repeal the Law of Supply and Demand since 1848)
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To: Jyotishi

I read about this shared email/drafts “tradecraft” thing in a spy novel (possibly Clancy) a few years ago.


13 posted on 11/13/2012 10:45:31 PM PST by Riverine
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To: Riverine

Petraeus and lover used al-Qaeda email tricks to keep affair secret

David Petraeus and his lover Paula Broadwell used a trick often employed by terrorists as they sought to keep their email exchanges secret.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/9674067/Petraeus-and-lover-used-al-Qaeda-email-tricks-to-keep-affair-secret.html


14 posted on 11/13/2012 10:48:44 PM PST by Jyotishi (Seeking the truth, a fact at a time.)
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To: Species8472
Two deli employees talking on break--

Employee One: Did you hear that Bob stuck his pecker in the pickle slicer?
Employee Two: No! What happened?
Employee One: Boss fired 'em both!
15 posted on 11/13/2012 10:51:48 PM PST by Trod Upon (Obama: Making the Carter malaise look good. Misery Index in 3...2...1)
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To: maine-iac7

The irony of this situation is that the General didn’t belong to either woman - he was married. Did the mistress believe he was going to divorce his wife and marry her? She got jealous over something that wasn’t hers.


16 posted on 11/13/2012 10:53:55 PM PST by Catsrus
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To: bigbob
A man who is this ignorant about elementary cybersecurity should not be running the most powerful intelligence agency in the world.

His COMSEC plan would have been perfectly adequate if his paramour hadn't been so stupid as to stretch it well beyond spec by scaring Jill Kelley into calling the cops. And for no reason other than her hormonally-induced paranoia.

17 posted on 11/13/2012 10:54:48 PM PST by cynwoody
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To: Jyotishi

It’s also how teenagers do it. Whoopee.


18 posted on 11/13/2012 10:54:54 PM PST by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge)
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To: piasa

It’s amazing how much adults copy kids these days.


19 posted on 11/13/2012 10:58:52 PM PST by Jyotishi (Seeking the truth, a fact at a time.)
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To: doc1019

Howie Carr reports an old mafia/pol credo that I can paraphrase as never write when to speak would do, and never speak when a nod would be adequate.


20 posted on 11/13/2012 11:06:22 PM PST by 9YearLurker
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