Some political commentators have said that the world as it currently exists is a veritable clown world, and well, the fact that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has been tapped to deliver the keynote address at a cybersecurity summit suggests they’re right, #HonkHonk.
On Thursday the cybersecurity firm FireEye enthusiastically announced on Twitter that Clinton will serve as “a featured keynote” speaker at the firm’s upcoming Cyber Defense Summit:
We are pleased to announce that Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will be a featured keynote at our #FireEyeSummit in October! Secretary Clinton will engage in an intimate Q&A keynote discussion with Kevin Mandia.
— FireEye (@FireEye) May 30, 2019
The annual summit’s mission is to allow those concerned about cyber security to come together “as a community to innovate, build strategies and share knowledge on today’s threats and tomorrow’s risks.”
“Now in its 10th year, Cyber Defense Summit brings together many of the world’s leading security experts, frontline heroes, government leaders, and executives from various industries to address the challenges of today’s threat landscape,” the summit’s website reads.
What remains unclear is what any of this has to do with Clinton, a woman so ignorant about technology in general that she thought that wiping a server meant cleaning it with a cloth.
The former secretary of state and failed 2016 Democrat presidential nominee is also the same woman who violated almost every single one of the State Department’s cybersecurity rules by, among other things, using a private server during her tenure at the department from 2009 to 2013 to transmit classified intelligence. And FYI, she did this without first obtaining permission.
Well done @FireEye.
You morons. https://t.co/0L6fKZ9Ddc
— Sebastian Gorka DrG (@SebGorka) May 31, 2019
“According to the current [chief information officer] and assistant secretary for diplomatic security, Secretary Clinton had an obligation to discuss using her personal email account to conduct official business with their offices, who in turn would have attempted to provide her with approved and secured means that met her business needs,” a report released by the State Department inspector general in 2016 concluded.
“However, according to these officials, [the relevant people] did not — and would not — approve her exclusive reliance on a personal email.”
Nor would they have approved of her using BleachBit to wipe her servers and using hammers to destroy her BlackBerry devices and hiring a mom-and-pop firm to house her server in a bathroom closet. Yes, a bathroom closet.
“Clinton chose a small IT company called Platte River Networks to handle her email servers. The company was run out of an apartment and its servers were reportedly kept in the bathroom closet,” Fox News reported in 2015.
Is this a joke? Will @HillaryClinton be demonstrating her use of Bleachbit, or will she be showing us the best hammer to use for smashing cell phones? #HillaryForPrison #Lockherup #BleachBit pic.twitter.com/4D9qZnZ196
— PhilHarmonic76 (@PhilHarmonic76) May 31, 2019
Topic, how to have an unsecured server in your bathroom closet?? ??????????????????
— WeAreTheWatchers (@BrendaBlakely7) May 31, 2019
Yet this same woman has been asked by FireEye to serve as the keynote speaker at a cybersecurity summit …
Not surprisingly, this announcement has provoked a massive amount of reactions on social media — some of them jokey-jokey, others more scathing than burning-hot water.
Um, Hillary Clinton keynoting a cyber security event makes about as much sense as Bill Clinton leading a marriage retreat. https://t.co/ACSEpr98ex
— Nate Madden (@NateOnTheHill) May 30, 2019
— Tony Shaffer (@T_S_P_O_O_K_Y) May 30, 2019
This is the stupidest thing I have seen in 20 years of cybersecurity. Is Hillary going to tell us how to secure our emails now and how to protect sensitive information? Give me a fricken break. Whoever set this up at FireEye should be fired. https://t.co/vMbhmj6GT6
— Nate Cain ⭐⭐⭐???? (@cain_nate) May 31, 2019
???????????????????????????catches my breath???????????????????????????????????falls over?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????dies????? https://t.co/FceGibw41k
— G (@TCC_Grouchy) May 30, 2019
— Herman Cain (@THEHermanCain) May 31, 2019
Hillary Clinton speaking at a Cyber Defense Summit…
The woman who illegally sent/stored classified materials on a private server is going to give a keynote on cyber security?
Is the talk titled, “What Not To Do?” pic.twitter.com/fcNPJcPHDI
— Students For Trump (@TrumpStudents) May 30, 2019
Hillary Clinton is to « cyber security conference keynote » what Bill Clinton is to
1) a legal ethics seminar;
2) a preventing sexual harassment in the workplace seminar; or
3) a legal and ethical matters for private foundations seminar. ? pic.twitter.com/2DyuejON8k
— Gayle Trotter (@gayletrotter) May 31, 2019
`Next week – Cooking with Dahmer!’
— Immigrant Chef (@immigrantchef) May 31, 2019
— Robby Starbuck (@robbystarbuck) May 31, 2019
a preview of what the summit will cover pic.twitter.com/CWJuYI9iAT
— michelle (@nessrose) May 31, 2019
This isn’t the first time that Clinton has dabbled in cybersecurity. Even as she was busy violating every State Department cybersecurity rule in 2010, she went ahead and made a PSA anyway lecturing other department employees to practice quality cybersecurity.
“The real key to cybersecurity rests with you,” she said. “Complying with department computing policies and being alert to potential threats will help protect all of us.”
“Protecting our cyber infrastructure and digital networks has to be a matter of national security. I think this is a responsibility we all share as Americans. But as State Department employees we have a special duty to guard ourselves and our sensitive information.”
She essentially told other State Department employees to do exactly what she herself was unwilling to do. To be fair, saying one thing and doing another is a longtime Democrat habit.
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