DNC Email Scandal Shows What Must Be Done to Prevent Breaches, Leaks
NEWS ANALYSIS: Once again the Democratic Party has been seriously embarrassed by an email leak scandal. But without the leaks the data breach might have been worse.As this is written, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, has resigned under pressure and effectively been forced off the stage of her party's convention. But the release of thousands of emails from the DNC showing how the party leadership conspired to keep Sen. Bernie Sanders from winning the presidential nomination is not all bad, because it revealed the fact that the breach took place. While the leak is a huge embarrassment for the party as it prepares to nominate its presidential candidate, it's really mainly a problem for a few people who were most responsible and, therefore, probably deserved it. What would have been worse is a breach that went undiscovered while the depths of the DNC's email were secretly mined indefinitely for information useful by its opponents, foreign or domestic. But perhaps more serious is the ongoing myth that email is somehow private or secret.
So let's put that misconception to rest immediately. Email is not secure and it's not private, and acting as though it is will only get you into a world of hurt. The DNC should have figured this out from the woes of Hillary Clinton and her now-public emails that gained her a shaming from the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).