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State Dept. whistleblower has email hacked, deleted
NY POST ^ | December 30, 2013 | 3:11am | SA Miller

Posted on 12/30/2013 6:55:26 AM PST by maddog55

WASHINGTON — The personal e-mail account of a State Department whis­tle­­blower was hacked, and four years worth of messages — some detailing alleged wrongdoing at the agency — were deleted, The Post has learned.

The computer attack targeted the Gmail account of Diplomatic Security Service criminal investigator Richard Higbie, his lawyer, Cary Schulman, confirmed.

“They took all of his e-mails and then they deleted them all,” said Schulman. He said that he could not prove who was responsible for the hack job, but said the attack was “sophisticated” and called the targeting of Higbie “alarming.”

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: statedept; statedeptscandals; whistleblower
Not surprising under this administration
1 posted on 12/30/2013 6:55:26 AM PST by maddog55
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To: maddog55

How could that have happened?


2 posted on 12/30/2013 6:56:26 AM PST by struggle
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To: maddog55

I would hope, given the nature of the e-mails, this guy was smart enough to back them up somewhere. If not then I take h is whole story with a grain of salt.


3 posted on 12/30/2013 6:58:41 AM PST by circlecity
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To: maddog55

Gmail account? Surely it’s there is a backup copy somewhere in Google.


4 posted on 12/30/2013 6:59:00 AM PST by Cowboy Bob (They are called "Liberals" because the word "parasite" was already taken.)
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To: struggle

“Hacking” of public email systems is not difficult, and I would go so far to say that Google probably gave backdoor access to government agencies. Bottom line, don’t store anything critical on public infrastructure such as Google, Amazon, Yahoo, etc.

If you need to save critical documents, either print them and file them in triplicate or have at least 3 soft copies of them (i.e. CD/DVD, thumb drive, and computer hard drive).


5 posted on 12/30/2013 6:59:24 AM PST by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: maddog55

Let’s hope he has them backed up


6 posted on 12/30/2013 7:01:14 AM PST by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: rarestia

Everything including titles to real estate has been put on the folking cloud.

Real lawyers are keeping paper copies of all of it in case


7 posted on 12/30/2013 7:02:28 AM PST by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: rarestia

Diplomatic Security Service criminal investigator was a dumbass if he didn’t think that could happen and didn’t backup in ways you say.


8 posted on 12/30/2013 7:02:45 AM PST by TribalPrincess2U (0bama's agenda¬óDivide and conquer seems to be working.)
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To: maddog55

It’s a Gmail account. You’d have to be a complete idiot to cache “evidence” or anything of any importance on systems or media not under your direct control.


9 posted on 12/30/2013 7:04:10 AM PST by PowderMonkey (WILL WORK FOR AMMO)
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To: maddog55

If he didn’t save his emails off line he’s just flat stupid.


10 posted on 12/30/2013 7:07:46 AM PST by Excellence (All your database are belong to us.)
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To: circlecity

The lawyer talked about them taking away “ready access” to those emails, which leads me to believe they have a way to get them back but it will take time.

Methinks the FBI in Dallas needs to give some “truth serum” to the “petty thief” who stole only 3 computers from this guy’s office right after some whistleblowing came out.

Why are none of these hackings ever on the bad guys = always on the people fighting against this lawless regime?


11 posted on 12/30/2013 7:08:04 AM PST by butterdezillion (Free online faxing at http://faxzero.com/ Fax all your elected officials. Make DC listen.)
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To: PowderMonkey

Maybe it was a trap, and maybe they just caught the rat they were after.


12 posted on 12/30/2013 7:09:17 AM PST by butterdezillion (Free online faxing at http://faxzero.com/ Fax all your elected officials. Make DC listen.)
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To: maddog55

“He said that he could not prove who was responsible for the hack job”

You know who could prove who is responsible? The NSA.


13 posted on 12/30/2013 7:10:47 AM PST by lowbridge
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To: TribalPrincess2U

You are referring to a government employee and rectal thinking capacity in the same sentence. Why the big effort to be redundant?

It seems in today’s world, one must exhibit the the automatic reflex of cranial rectumitus to even have a chance at nailing down any GS level occupation. Which begs the next question; Why is his is news or even a startling revelation to anyone?


14 posted on 12/30/2013 7:16:10 AM PST by mazda77
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To: rarestia
If you need to save critical documents, either print them and file them in triplicate or have at least 3 soft copies of them (i.e. CD/DVD, thumb drive, and computer hard drive).

Don't forget to encrypt the files with a sufficiently secure password...

15 posted on 12/30/2013 7:18:21 AM PST by glorgau
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To: struggle
How could that have happened?

Inside TAO: Documents Reveal Top NSA Hacking Unit

The NSA's 50-Page Catalog Of Back Door Penetration Techniques Revealed

16 posted on 12/30/2013 7:23:28 AM PST by UCANSEE2 (I forgot what my tagline was supposed to say)
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To: maddog55

Between storing critical documents with Gmail and a ‘petty thief’ cutting a hole in a wall to steal three computers but nothing else, this story is suspect.


17 posted on 12/30/2013 7:24:14 AM PST by Kennard
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To: maddog55

Well, the service provider will have backups of all those messages. They have to, in case the Feds subpoena them.


18 posted on 12/30/2013 7:30:58 AM PST by Boogieman
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19 posted on 12/30/2013 7:32:31 AM PST by Nachum (Obamacare: It's. The. Flaw.)
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To: maddog55

a cautionary tale. If you have the goods on the regime, better hide copies in multiple locations, usb flash drives etc....


20 posted on 12/30/2013 7:33:00 AM PST by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: butterdezillion
Maybe it was a trap, and maybe they just caught the rat they were after.


21 posted on 12/30/2013 7:37:53 AM PST by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: maddog55

Not surprising under this regime.


22 posted on 12/30/2013 7:38:19 AM PST by Vaduz
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To: null and void

“Emails? What emails?”


23 posted on 12/30/2013 7:48:58 AM PST by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free..... Even robots will kill for it!)
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To: Bigg Red

mark


24 posted on 12/30/2013 7:50:56 AM PST by Bigg Red (Let the lying lips be dumb, which speak insolently against the righteous in pride and contempt.--Ps3)
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To: glorgau

Depends on the data. Pictures, music, and video I don’t see as particularly vulnerable to exploitation. Anything of value like legal paperwork, real estate documents, bank statements, licenses, etc. you should absolutely encrypt.


25 posted on 12/30/2013 7:51:46 AM PST by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: maddog55

These people obviously do not understand how fascism works.


26 posted on 12/30/2013 7:52:19 AM PST by Hoodat (Democrats - Opposing Equal Protection since 1828)
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To: maddog55

If he doesn’t have a local copy of all his mail, he’s a major fool.


27 posted on 12/30/2013 7:59:04 AM PST by zeugma (Is it evil of me to teach my bird to say "here kitty, kitty"?)
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To: maddog55

He needs to make sure his life insurance stays paid up.

he


28 posted on 12/30/2013 8:07:40 AM PST by sport
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To: Hoodat
These people obviously do not understand how fascism works.
The willing accomplices at Google do.

I wouldn't let anything "google" related anywhere near my computer.

29 posted on 12/30/2013 8:07:51 AM PST by lewislynn (What does the global movement and te Fairtax movement have in common? Disinformation)
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To: maddog55

“Diplomatic Security Service criminal investigator”

Why would such a person be using Gmail?


30 posted on 12/30/2013 8:18:27 AM PST by PoloSec ( Believe the Gospel: how that Christ died for our sins, was buried and rose again)
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To: lewislynn

Same here. Google is the devil. The only difference between Google and the NSA is that Google is actually quite competent.


31 posted on 12/30/2013 8:21:31 AM PST by Hoodat (Democrats - Opposing Equal Protection since 1828)
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To: maddog55
attack was “sophisticated”

Not at all. All it takes is a call from someone in Zero's administration to their partners at Google... simple as that.

32 posted on 12/30/2013 8:25:09 AM PST by Cementjungle
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To: maddog55

You take this stuff off on thumb drive(s). Several. Several dozen.


33 posted on 12/30/2013 8:36:55 AM PST by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: maddog55; COUNTrecount; Nowhere Man; FightThePower!; C. Edmund Wright; jacob allen; Travis McGee; ..

Nut-job Conspiracy Theory Ping!

To get onto The Nut-job Conspiracy Theory Ping List you must threaten to report me to the Mods if I don't add you to the list...

34 posted on 12/30/2013 8:45:59 AM PST by null and void (I'm betting on an Obama Trifecta: A Nobel Peace Prize, an Impeachment, AND a War Crimes Trial...)
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To: maddog55

Sounds like Nixon days.


35 posted on 12/30/2013 8:54:30 AM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Cowboy Bob

Gmail? Google is no doubt now streaming ads at him for burial plots.


36 posted on 12/30/2013 9:38:52 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: maddog55

“Gmail?” He deserved it.


37 posted on 12/30/2013 9:42:26 AM PST by Cyber Liberty (H.L. Mencken: "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.")
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To: maddog55

HILLARY’S FLYING MONKEYS OF 2016.

SHE is the candidate and this is all about her impending run, same as that stupid NYT Bengazi blowjob yesterday.

The left knows after Barry us finished they need Hillary to keep progressivism going.

THEY ARE DEEPLY AFRAID


38 posted on 12/30/2013 9:46:16 AM PST by gaijin
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To: butterdezillion

[Maybe it was a trap, and maybe they just caught the rat they were after.]

That makes sense. Even if it wasn’t a trap, early on the lawyer would have insisted multiple copies of this correspondence be made and stored in secure locations. I hope.


39 posted on 12/30/2013 9:50:32 AM PST by Brad from Tennessee (A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.)
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To: maddog55

“Not surprising under this administration”
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No, not surprising at all. There are now Obamaites placed & scattered throughout the bureaucracy. They carry out illegal surveillance and other illegal operations against the perceived enemies (such as Tea Party groups targeted by the IRS) of the progressives and protect these illegal operations from being uncovered.

The federal civil service is now completely corrupted and filled with Stasi wannabees who serve the progressive agenda however they can.


40 posted on 12/30/2013 10:03:19 AM PST by House Atreides
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To: null and void

I like it. I can keep my rear protected while I bury my head


41 posted on 12/30/2013 10:24:18 AM PST by Nifster
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To: null and void

Do you have a crochet pattern for that rig? If I couldn’t make a fortune off it I could at least give it to my family members next Christmas...

=)


42 posted on 12/30/2013 10:32:40 AM PST by butterdezillion (Free online faxing at http://faxzero.com/ Fax all your elected officials. Make DC listen.)
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To: maddog55
Higbie has asked the FBI in Dallas, where he lives, to investigate the hacking, which occurred this month.

"We'll get right on that troubling series of henhouse robberies," said FBI spokesperson Foxy Volpe.

43 posted on 12/30/2013 1:32:34 PM PST by denydenydeny (Admiration of absolute government is proportionate to the contempt one has for others.-Tocqueville)
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To: maddog55

I am sure the NSA will have backups and will be happy to send them to him.


44 posted on 12/30/2013 1:58:03 PM PST by Organic Panic
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