Remember when we spent 2 years hearing about Hillary Clinton’s email “scandal” from Trump and his supporters? Yeah, us too. So let’s talk about Donald Trump’s email and network security for a minute.
It was reported back during the campaign that network security expert Kevin Beaumont took it upon himself to perform a basic check on Trump’s email server using publicly available information, and found that it was ripe for the picking.
Beaumont reports that Trump’s organization runs Windows Server 2003, which is out of date, as Microsoft hasn’t supported since 2015. What does that mean, exactly? It means the server is easily accessible via the internet.
Beaumont collected all this data from checking the public-facing web page of Trump’s email server. Furthermore, Trump’s organization hasn’t updated the software at all and has essentially left the stock software running for potentially more than a decade. If you were wondering, Hillary Clinton was apparently running Windows Server 2008 on her server. (Source)
Trump received security briefings from national intelligence agencies for several months during his campaign. Trump was no doubt being contacted by government officials who were likely sharing sensitive information with him.
This is, of course, the same thing Hillary Clinton did. But if he’s been refusing to communicate about official government business via email, he and his organization still likely had confidential business information stored on these servers.
Depending on the contracts he had in place, he could be legally accountable for the security of that data, and might be in breach of contract.
It’s not too difficult to see the irony here, but you can rest assured that it was totally lost on Trump.