Mike Pence routinely used an AOL email account for public business as Indiana governor -- and he got hacked. https://t.co/S3DzfH13TL— IndyStar (@indystar) March 3, 2017
Via The Indianapolis Star: Not-My-VP Mike Pence has an email scandal of his own.
The Indianapolis Star has revealed that as governor of Indiana, Pence routinely used an unsecured AOL account to conduct business, and that the account was hacked. (I think you can hack AOL by picking up the receiver in the other room, d'oh!)
According to the paper:
Emails released to IndyStar in response to a public records request show Pence communicated via his personal AOL account with top advisers on topics ranging from security gates at the governor’s residence to the state’s response to terror attacks across the globe. In one email, Pence’s top state homeland security adviser relayed an update from the FBI regarding the arrests of several men on federal terror-related charges.
Cyber-security experts say the emails raise concerns about whether such sensitive information was adequately protected from hackers, given that personal accounts like Pence's are typically less secure than government email accounts. In fact, Pence's personal account was hacked last summer.
Furthermore, advocates for open government expressed concerns about transparency because personal emails aren't immediately captured on state servers that are searched in response to public records requests.
So, some of the communications involved national security, and yet many times while on the campaign trail, Pence excoriated Hillary Clinton for having a private server and using a personal email account.