Class Warfare Blog

October 28, 2016

WTF? Why Does Anyone Assume Emails are a Secure Form of Communication?

Filed under: Technology — Steve Ruis @ 1:07 pm
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In recent months the following agencies and persons have had their emails made public: Sony Pictures, Hillary Clinton, the Democratic National Committee, Coca-Cola, Vladimir Putin, . . . need I go on?

Why would anyone say anything compromising in an email?

First of all, the things being exposed in many of these emails don’t need saying. They are simply spleen venting or trivial. Of the things which are illegal or severely compromising, why would anyone put that in print?

Effing stupid if you ask me. (And, yes, I know no one is asking. Americans have had a long history of volunteering and I am just trying to keep up.)


  1. Good point. Apparently there are NO secure means of communication, not really, unless you are doing a face-to-face oral one in the presence of a lot of white noise. But then I couldn’t understand what my partner was saying unless they spoke really loudly and slowly, which kinda defeats the purpose.
    Email? Not secure
    Facebook, etc? Not secure.
    Land line phone? Not secure
    Celll phone? Not secure
    Stamped USPO mail? Hah!


    Comment by gfbrandenburg — October 28, 2016 @ 1:44 pm | Reply

    • The bottom line is “two people can keep a secret as long as one of them is dead”. (I can’t remember who said this first.)

      On Fri, Oct 28, 2016 at 1:44 PM, Class Warfare Blog wrote:



      Comment by Steve Ruis — October 28, 2016 @ 1:48 pm | Reply

    • Even face-to-face oral communication is not secure – you have to sweep the room for bugs, and make sure that the conversation cannot be visible to someone who could read the lips.


      Comment by List of X — October 28, 2016 @ 10:06 pm | Reply

      • If you guys keep this up we are all going to be speaking Navaho.

        On Fri, Oct 28, 2016 at 10:06 PM, Class Warfare Blog wrote:



        Comment by Steve Ruis — October 28, 2016 @ 10:53 pm | Reply

  2. I’ll send you an email to let you know what I think


    Comment by john zande — October 28, 2016 @ 3:33 pm | Reply

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