Clinton email story explodes; she had private ‘homebrew’ server linked to mystery identity

The Hillary Clinton private email scandal hole got deeper Tuesday with revelations that the server used to process her email was registered to the Clinton home in Chappaqua, N.Y., and registered to the name Eric Hoteham.

According to the Associated Press the mysterious Hoteham’s name “does not appear in public records databases, campaign contribution records or Internet background searches.”

Hoteham was, however, listed as the registered customer for the address since August 2010.

Hoteham’s name is also tied to the Internet addresses and, The Associated Press reported.

In November 2012, Clinton began using Google’s gmail as a backup server in case her “in-house” server failed, which is strange because in June 2011 she backed up Google’s claim that China’s government attempted to hack the gmail accounts of top U.S. officials.

Most people rely on a service such as Google’s gmail or Yahoo’s ymail because running their own server would require technical expertise most people don’t have.

The Associated Press reported:

Operating her own server would have afforded Clinton additional legal opportunities to block government or private subpoenas in criminal, administrative or civil cases because her lawyers could object in court before being forced to turn over any emails. And since the Secret Service was guarding Clinton’s home, an email server there would have been well protected from theft or a physical hacking.

But homemade email servers are generally not as reliable, secure from hackers or protected from fires or floods as those in commercial data centers. Those professional facilities provide monitoring for viruses or hacking attempts, regulated temperatures, off-site backups, generators in case of power outages, fire-suppression systems and redundant communications lines.

While the identity of Eric Hoteham is unknown, a parody account popped up on Twitter Wednesday @erichoteham and produced these tweets.

But he wasn’t the only tweeter who had something to say about it.


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