State Department Whistleblower’s Email Hacked And All Messages Deleted

Diplomatic_Security_Service_-_SealIs a government hacker responsible for destroying evidence collected by Diplomatic Security Service criminal investigator Richard Higbie?

The personal e-mail account of a State Department whis­tle­­blower was hacked, and four years worth of messages — some detailing alleged wrongdoing at the agency — were deleted, The Post has learned.

The computer attack targeted the Gmail account of Diplomatic Security Service criminal investigator Richard Higbie, his lawyer, Cary Schulman, confirmed.

“They took all of his e-mails and then they deleted them all,” said Schulman. He said that he could not prove who was responsible for the hack job, but said the attack was “sophisticated” and called the targeting of Higbie “alarming.”

“Obviously, somebody is not happy with something he’s doing and wanted to get that information and also cause him an inability in the future to have ready access to that,” Schulman said.

Read the rest at New York Post.

8 Comments on "State Department Whistleblower’s Email Hacked And All Messages Deleted"

  1. To avoid being in a position to have to ask the NSA for a backup of your gmail, download your own copy:

    log into your gmail account
    log into your gmail account
    click username (upper right)
    data tools
    Select data to download
    Create Archive
    select gmail

    wait for hours or days for gmail to collect data into a zipfile for download (it can send you email to announce it’s ready)


    • BuzzCoastin | Dec 31, 2013 at 1:43 am |

      or install tbird & have it on the boxs of choice

      • I’ve used mail clients (now tbird/Linux) since i got to the net by means other than bbs, those instructions were based on my backup gmail account.

        While I agree that the personal client model is more secure, it’s beyond the capability of a lot of people. Has “the cloud” dumbed people down?

    • Andrea McDavid | Jan 1, 2014 at 1:55 pm |

      Thank you. I had a ton of email deleted earlier this year over a contentious work issue but I backed it up and demanded they restore it. They claimed they couldn’t but I just raised a stink until they did it. Won’t tell you who I worked for or what the row was about but lets just say it wasn’t small fry. Anyway, I didn’t know how to back up gmail and thanks to you, now I do. Appreciated.

  2. BuzzCoastin | Dec 31, 2013 at 1:41 am |

    has he not been following the story?
    Gmail is run by Gmen
    evryone in his shoes knows this by now
    or he’s a dunce

  3. Print it up as well.

  4. Tuna Ghost | Dec 31, 2013 at 2:10 am |

    what kind of asshole wants to be a whistleblower and doesn’t back up his goddam files, jesus christ guy

Comments are closed.