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Colin Powell's Private Email Account Has Been Hacked (theverge.com) 248

According to The New York Times, Former Secretary of State Colin Powell has been hacked and a password-protected archive of his personal emails has been published by DC Leaks. The Verge reports: DC Leaks is the same site that first published emails stolen from the Democratic National Committee, which many took as an explicit effort to influence the U.S. election process. Many experts in the U.S. intelligence apparatus have attributed that attack to the Russian government, although no public attribution has been made. Thus far, there's no evidence tying Powell's hack to Russia, and similar hacks have been carried out by mischievous teens without government affiliation. The immediate result of the hack has been political fallout for Powell himself. Last night, BuzzFeed News reported on an email in which Powell called Republican nominee Donald Trump a "national disgrace," and another in which he said the candidate was "in the process of destroying himself."
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Colin Powell's Private Email Account Has Been Hacked

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  • by Spy Handler ( 822350 ) on Wednesday September 14, 2016 @05:15PM (#52889219) Homepage Journal

    Even though he was an enthusiastic supporter of Obama.

    This does not bode well.

    • by unixisc ( 2429386 ) on Wednesday September 14, 2016 @06:21PM (#52889591)

      Even though he was an enthusiastic supporter of Obama.

      This does not bode well.

      One thing that's never made sense to me was his claim of being a Republican. He had very few Republican positions, and as Secretary of State, he was one of the most Left Wing members of the administration. The reason Iraq (and Afghanistan) went to hell in a handbasket was his influence - the idea of making nation-building a part of the mission was his idea, not just W's. Also, the Valerie Plame leaks - which Scooter Libby was convicted for - was the doings of his deputy Dick Armitage, who now supports HRC. All the things that Libby was accused of - endangering a CIA desk agent - was something that Armitage actually did, and for which paid NO price!

      It's funny how Hilary's minions (to steal Powell's phrase) have totally pissed off Powell from being a never-Trumper to a Hilary-neither voter. Sit at home, Colin!

    • by 93 Escort Wagon ( 326346 ) on Wednesday September 14, 2016 @06:46PM (#52889759)

      Actually, what he specifically said is "I would rather not have to vote for her, although she is a friend I respect". He then refers to her age, her ambition, and her inflexibility.

      I feel the same way as Powell does. I would rather not have to vote for her - but the Republican Party left me with no choice.

      • by AJWM ( 19027 ) on Wednesday September 14, 2016 @09:47PM (#52890585) Homepage

        Nonsense, you've got all kinds of choice: Gary Johnson, Jill Stein, Darrell Castle, write in somebody else, or just leave that space on the ballot blank.

        People who insist on holding their nose and voting for whichever of the two major party candidates they dislike least because they don't want to "waste their vote" are part of the problem -- and are wasting their votes.

        • Nonsense, you've got all kinds of choice: Gary Johnson, Jill Stein, Darrell Castle, write in somebody else, or just leave that space on the ballot blank.

          People who insist on holding their nose and voting for whichever of the two major party candidates they dislike least because they don't want to "waste their vote" are part of the problem -- and are wasting their votes.

          Under normal circumstances I would have agreed (and I have had voted for 3rd party candidates in the past.) But not now.

          See, I'm a naturalized US citizen that looks Mexican and who has had to face racism in more than one occasion, married to a permanent resident of Japanese origin, with a Muslim brother-in-law and many friends who are either Muslim or Muslim-looking as per the logic of angry wretches.

          And I'm staring at a vulgarian reincarnation of George Wallace promising religious tests, who claims an

    • Your comment has a false subject. Powell has said he will not yet say who he is voting for.

      Your body is also highly questionable. I remember watching at least one speech in which Powell endorsed then-Senator Obama, but I don't remember anything that approximated "enthusiastic supporter". Nor do I recall any of the marks of enthusiasm such as actively campaigning for Obama or speaking at the Democratic convention. According to my research just now, Powell only made his endorsement two weeks before the electi

    • by dbIII ( 701233 )
      He was political roadkill the second he fell on his sword for Bush with the obvious WMD lies to the U.N.
      It's a pity really since he's a better person than most in Washington from both parties, but as it stands his endorsement or not will mean exactly zero for the rest of his life.
      • I don't think his attitude on the WMD lie story has been well understood. He must have known perfectly well all the public reasons for going to war were just an alibi. The painful thing was that even the alibi didn't hold up which damaged him. I can appreciate Powell as a person but politically he hasn't much to offer.

  • People stopped annoyingly pronouncing his name as Co-lon instead of Colin.

  • Colin Powell never should have talked shit about Donald Trump. You mess with the bear and you get the h4xx0rs.

    http://www.nbcnews.com/politic... [nbcnews.com]

    • In fairness, on June 17th when Powell said that Trump was "in the process of destroying himself, no need for Dems to attack him," that was actually true. Since then Trump has managed to levelize and maintain some discipline, but in June it was like watching a sinking ship and the captain bailing water in.
    • Re: (Score:2, Troll)

      by Kaenneth ( 82978 )

      Am I the only one concerned about Trump's Russian mob connections?

      • by gtall ( 79522 )

        Pretty much. Jethro Clampett was concerned early on but he's gone along with the rest of the Republican party and replaced his backbone with an overcooked spaghetti noodle.

        • Given his status as a multimillionaire and international playboy, it is unsurprising that Mr. Clampett takes a more cosmopolitan approach to politics, especially given his extensive elementary education (to the sixth grade) and his exhibition of other markets of social sophistication. This is in contrast to the eccentric liberalism espoused by his sister, Elly May, who was reputed to have never worn shoes in her Beverly Hills home to illustrate the plight of the backwoods unfortunates who could not afford t
      • by dbIII ( 701233 )
        Since so many don't give a shit about his New York mob connections in the past why would they care about his funding from Russian banks run by mobsters now?

        If somebody had written a novel about this election a few years ago the editor would have thrown it at a wall and told the author never to darken the door again. A million unlikely things before breakfast. At least he's ditched the PR guy who also did the work for Russian fighters in Ukraine - hard to get a positive spin on shooting down civilian air
  • I'd be interested to know what mail servers all these hacks have been against. Are they all private servers that someone has left unmaintained in a basement for years? Are they big online servers? Are they well maintained private servers? I know some of the e-mail leaks have been social engineered but, if any weren't, it would be interesting to know how they were hacked.

    • In this case, it was Powell's g-mail account. His login credentials may have been reused on some other site that had their data stolen. In that case it would not be a hack so much as a stolen password.

      • by vux984 ( 928602 )

        Or he could have been phished. (still a stolen password, but not via one of the various big leaks.)

        It could also be a remote attack vs his desktop

        (teamviewer/gotomypc/rdp/etc/etc...) If someone has gotten remote access to his desktop then it may be as simple as launching chrome from his PC at 3am...

        or someone got their hands on a device like an ipad or something that he used that wasn't properly/sufficiently locked down.

        or he foolishly checked his gmail from a computer someone else uses or belongs to, and d

      • If I was General Powell, I would not reuse the same password from my e-mail on ANY site... and it would be complex and random...

    • by imgod2u ( 812837 )

      According to the article, this was a gmail account.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday September 14, 2016 @05:36PM (#52889321)

    The summary totally ignores Powell's extremely critical remarks about Hillary, her lies, manipulation, and the public exploitation of his name against his wishes.

    A lie of omission is still a lie, and that you choose to ignore these facts makes them all the more critical to examine.

    • by MobyDisk ( 75490 )

      The summary totally ignores Powell's extremely critical remarks about Hillary, her lies, manipulation, and the public exploitation of his name against his wishes.

      The summary does not mention this, because the article is about Colin Powell's emails, and no such email exists. If such an email does exist, please link to it. Otherwise, it is the AC who is lying. That post should not have been modded up without a citation to an email from Powell regarding Clinton. It was just troll/flamebait.

      • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

        by Anonymous Coward

        Are you f-ing kidding? Just go to Google News and search for "Colin Powell Hillary". CNN, The Wall Street Journal, etc are all reporting it. The problem is they are trumpeting his comments about Trump and doing everything can to bury his comments about Hillary while "documenting" them so they can fight off accusations of bias.

        Both candidates suck, terribly. But Hillary is "just" a walking summary of everything that's wrong with politics in the US. Trump, Trump is the kid from school that never realized t

    • by quantaman ( 517394 ) on Wednesday September 14, 2016 @09:26PM (#52890505)

      The summary totally ignores Powell's extremely critical remarks about Hillary, her lies, manipulation, and the public exploitation of his name against his wishes.

      A lie of omission is still a lie, and that you choose to ignore these facts makes them all the more critical to examine.

      Funny, I didn't see him call her a liar. Here's the most critical remarks I found about her from the article:

      Mr. Powell lamented that while he respected Mrs. Clinton, he would “rather not have to vote for her,” describing the Democratic presidential nominee as having “a long track record, unbridled ambition, greedy, not transformational.”

      “H.R.C. could have killed this two years ago by merely telling everyone honestly what she had done and not tie me into it,” Mr. Powell wrote late last month, referring to Mrs. Clinton by her initials. “I told her staff three times not to try that gambit. I had to throw a mini-tantrum at a Hamptons party to get their attention. She keeps tripping into these ‘character’ minefields.”

      In December 2015, he told Condoleezza Rice, his successor at the State Department, that the Republican political attacks on Benghazi were “a stupid witch hunt” and wrote that “basic fault falls on a courageous ambassador who thought Libyans now love me and I am O.K. in this very vulnerable place.” He added that “blame also rests on his leaders and supporters back here,” including Mrs. Clinton.

      A few months later, in a discussion about Mrs. Clinton’s email scandal, Mr. Powell lamented that “everything H.R.C. touches she kind of screws up with hubris.”

      Oh, and of course his most critical remarks about Trump:

      Mr. Powell wrote last month that Mr. Trump is “his own best enemy” and added: “I will speak out when I feel it appropriate and not after every idiot thing he says.”

      “No need to debate it with you now, but Trump is a national disgrace and an international pariah,” Mr. Powell wrote in June, noting the criticism of Mr. Trump by several prominent conservatives. “He is in the process of destroying himself, no need for Dems to attack him.”

      “Yup, the whole birther movement was racist,” Mr. Powell wrote. “That’s what the 99% believe. When Trump couldn’t keep that up he said he also wanted to see if the certificate noted that he was a Muslim. As I have said before, ‘What if he was?’ Muslims are born as Americans everyday.”

      Mr. Powell dismissed as completely ineffective Mr. Trump’s recent attempts to reach out to black voters, saying that the Republican nominee “takes us for idiots.”

      “He can never overcome what he tried to do to Obama with his search for the birth certificate hoping to force Obama out of the presidency,” Mr. Powell wrote, saying to his aide, “You don’t fall for his false sincerity, I hope.”

      “He appeals to the worst angels of the G.O.P. nature and poor white folks,”

      So... are you sure you want the summary to go into his opinions on the candidates?

      • by shanen ( 462549 )

        Thanks for compiling all of that in one place, and I'd give you an "informative" mod point if I ever got one to give.

      • Funny, I didn't see him call her a liar.

        Really? I see it.

        "H.R.C. could have killed this two years ago by merely telling everyone honestly what she had done and not tie me into it," Mr. Powell wrote late last month, referring to Mrs. Clinton by her initials. "I told her staff three times not to try that gambit. I had to throw a mini-tantrum at a Hamptons party to get their attention. She keeps tripping into these 'character' minefields."

        That last part is important. The first bold part, he says the she lie

    • The summary totally ignores Powell's extremely critical remarks about Hillary, her lies, manipulation, and the public exploitation of his name against his wishes.

      A lie of omission is still a lie, and that you choose to ignore these facts makes them all the more critical to examine.

      I guess she should have waved around a bottle of 'anthrax' to justify all that bullshit.

  • The guy who.... (Score:5, Insightful)

    by phantomfive ( 622387 ) on Wednesday September 14, 2016 @05:49PM (#52889391) Journal

    The immediate result of the hack has been political fallout for Powell himself.

    The guy who has no political aspirations? Nah, he's untouchable politically because he has no ambition. He is like the Buddha of US politics: having no desires, he feels no pain at loss.

  • Russia blamed in 5, 4, 3, 2...
  • Good (Score:2, Insightful)

    by TheCarp ( 96830 )

    Couldn't happen to a more deserving person. I hope every single Washington gang criminal has every secret they ever had leaked.

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