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Wednesday, February 27, 2008

White House official details email hole

More information about the White House email archiving problems have been revealed in a House Oversight Committee meeting. According to Stephen McDevitt, an official in the presidential CIO office, the ” process by which email was being collected and retained was primitive and the risk that data would be lost was high.” The full report is here as a PDF.

Congressional staff reported “In mid-2005 … a critical security issue was identified and corrected. During this period it was discovered that the file servers and the file directories used to store the retained email … were accessible by everyone on the EOP network.”

It's amazing the Office of the President allowed such a weak and insecure archiving method to exist for so long.

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