As it turns out for all of his bellowing about Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s private email server, and the nonsensical rhetoric that “if she can’t keep her emails secure how will she keep the country secure”, the Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has his own cyber security problems about with which to worry.
A recent analysis of Trump’s email servers by Kevin Beaumont, who is a cyber security architectural expert, found that Trump, who is a paragon of rhetorical consistency, is running his emails through a system on a Windows 2003 server that has never had a security patch. The entire system is accessible to the Internet for those who would be interested in attempting to take a peak. Trump’s crack security also features exactly zero mobile device management, which means his managerial staff has no ability to perform oversight on what actions his staff are performing at any given time. The faux-businessman surely is trusting!
Quick update on Trump corp email servers – all internet accessible, single factor auth, no MDM, Win2003, no security patching. pic.twitter.com/nIMTa9UmdL
— Kevin Beaumont (@GossiTheDog) October 17, 2016
Furthermore Beaumont elaborated on the dangers Trump faces with his weak security, something which could be corrected with a few dollars but is apparently not a priority:
Running outdated software and operating systems for your publicly facing email infrastructure is problematic, especially when you’re a high-profile organization. During an election where cyber security is such a big issue, I was a little amazed at what I saw.
It seems numerous email servers which are registered to Trump, including TrumpOrg.com, are using IIS 6.0, which has a variety of vulnerabilities that have been corrected by the manufacturer years ago. Trump, however, never took the time to make the corrections.
For Trump, who babbles endlessly about having the best of the best of everything including golden toilets, to allow his organization’s personal information to be so easily breached with antique security settings certainly says something about his competence as an executive.
It says the standards Trump sets for others are not standards to which he himself adheres. After all, if Trump can’t keep his own servers secure, how can he possibly be expected to keep America secure? At the same time this is a man who once pontificated that he wanted to “close” the Internet, and that “cyber is very very tough” so the bar has been set incredibly low considering he looks to his 10-year-old son for advice.
The investigation has gone on longer than the investigations into Pearl Harbor, the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, or the Iran-Contra scandal. However, Trump has been receiving classified security briefings prepared from the desk of the National Security Director since mid-August. Now that we know his emails are not secure, how do we know he hasn’t sent emails through an unsecured server regarding these very sensitive matters? Will Republicans be eager to investigate Trump? Likely not, but they should.
Lou Colagiovanni is an investigative journalist living in Las Vegas who specializes in politics and crime. His work has been highlighted all over the world and he is regularly featured on television and radio.