Here’s another reason government workers aren’t supposed to use private email systems, Ms. Clinton.
According to the Daily Mail, a Denver-based Internet company employed by Hillary Clinton to maintain the private email server she used as secretary of state has been sued for allegedly stealing dozens of phone lines, including some used by the White House and the Defense Department.
Platte River Networks was accused in November 2014 of illegally accessing the master database for all U.S. phone numbers and seizing 390 lines, creating chaos within the Department of Defense, the Department of Energy, and the White House when their service was interrupted, according to documents obtained by the Daily Mail.
Major financial institutions, hospitals, and the help-desk number for the telecom firm that owned the numbers – T2 communications – were also affected by the company’s alleged activity, raising new concerns about the Internet company’s role in protecting sensitive information on Clinton’s email system.
According to the documents, government workers, private businesses, and telecom agencies went into a panic when Platte River Network’s alleged actions led to a massive service outage, which T2 said took 11 days to correct.
In addition to the disruption of service created by the IT company’s actions, information related to hundreds of telephone numbers was potentially put in jeopardy when Platte allegedly accessed the master database illegally, the Mail reported.
T2 alleges that it had provided 16 phone lines to an insurance broker called Cambridge until they decided to switch providers and signed up with Windstream Communications, who worked with McLeod USA, a local exchange carrier owned by Windstream, and Platte River.
But instead of taking over the 16 lines, T2 claims that the companies asked for 390 more lines in what they called ‘intentional misappropriation’.
T2 alleges that they did this by illegally accessing the database for the Number Portability Administration Centre, the master agency which manages all US phone numbers.
T2 employees’ numbers also stopped working as did lines for: ‘The Department of Defense, Department of Energy; multiple medical emergency facilities as numbers used for general, pre- and post-surgical contact, and obstetric or gynecological emergencies; Federal Contract Support Desks; White House Military Operations support desks, several financial institution’s main telephone numbers, multiple Denver-based Charter schools’ main and backdoor phone numbers, a US-Based telephone number for IBM China, multiple other information technology companies and their support and internal telephone numbers, as well as T2’s main telephone numbers’.
The lawsuit states that the lines were dead for at least 21 hours and that it took the company at least 10 days to ‘unwind’ the mess and get the numbers back.
The revelations come to light in the same week Clinton surrendered emails to the Justice Department amid ongoing investigations into her use of a private email system during her time with the State Department, raising fresh concerns over her handling of classified government data.
Clinton’s decision to build her own private email system in her Chappaqua, New York, home during her time as secretary of state was bad enough. The fact that the company she put in charge of securing it was sued for allegedly accessing a government database illegally – and causing massive disruptions in service – adds a whole new level of questions to her time with the State Department.
Most average Americans in her shoes would be facing disgrace, if not prison. But Hillary Clinton thinks she is qualified to run for president.