Did you hear the one about the Hillary Rodham Clinton Virus?

Hillary Clinton

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks during an event at the New York University Leonard N. Stern School of Business in New York July 24, 2015. 

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A joke about Hillary Clinton's email server may raise some eyebrows.

We began our coverage of the Republican frontrunners and where they stand on cybersecurity three weeks ago, beginning with Jeb Bush.  That was followed by Carly Fiorina, and then Donald Trump.

All three of the candidates had quips on Hillary's servergate scandal.

For this week we are taking a break from the serious stuff and serving up some cybersecurity humor to CSO readers. We'll be back next week with a look at Republican candidate Ben Carson and what he has to say about cybersecurity.

So, did you hear the one about the Hillary Rodham Clinton virus? It instantly turns 1KB of disk space into 1MB of disk space.

If you thought that was funny, then you might get an even bigger laugh out of the source:

The Captain's Blog is authored by Michael Scheidell, who was previously Founder/CTO/CIO/CSO at SECNAP from December 2001 to August 2012. Does the name SECNAP sound familiar? According to an article in The Wall Street Journal, the SECNAP CloudJacket security device was purchased and installed by Hillary Clinton’s technology consultants in late 2013.

Scheidell's blog is described as random thoughts on cybersecurity, privacy and IT risk management issues. It would be interesting to hear his random thoughts on Hillary Clinton.

These days Scheidell is managing director at Security Privateers, an information security consulting firm in Boca Raton, Fla. As the founder of SECNAP, it's not clear if Scheidell still has connections to them or not.

You can get some more laughs by reading through Scheidell's entire list of what he calls "some of the more insidious computer virus from recent years". Each one is worth a chuckle.

More humor

Scheidell has some other funnies in the PR archives. In a July 12, 2005 press release on PRNewswire, Scheidell was quoted as SECNAP's Founder and Chairman of the Board - announcing Elizabeth Bates as CEO. The release stated that "SECNAP offers solutions that can help companies avoid becoming the next front page headline that generates unwanted negative publicity". Ha Ha.

(Bates' LinkedIn profile suggests she is still CEO at SECNAP, but other research indicates she has since moved on.)

In a July 13, 2010 press release, Scheidell announced Victor Nappe was appointed to the advisory board of SECNAP. Nappe has two LinkedIn profiles which list him as “CEO at CloudJacket” and “CloudJacket Cyber Security, CEO” respectively. The latter provides what appears to be his full bio / resume, and a link to CloudJacket’s website, which auto-forwards to the SECNAP site.

Nappe’s more complete LinkedIn profile says that in addition to being CEO at CloudJacket from February 2011 to present, he is also currently a director of Institutional Funds at FAU Tech Runway, a public-private partnership with Florida Atlantic University - which fosters technology startups. Nappe is currently executive producer at Chaos Media Group, a video production firm, and also Executive Director at Everyone Loves Kids Charity Challenge. Busy guy! Maybe Scheidell is still helping out?

A Nov. 7, 2012 press release welcomed Ronald S. Posner to SECNAP's board of directors. Who's Ronald Posner? Chairman and CEO at eChinaCash, with offices in Beijing - that would be the People’s Republic of China.

What does eChinaCash do? According to their website homepage, they are a marketing services company. Since 2005, eChinaCash has operated the SAP (Sincere Appreciation Program) gascard program for SinoPec, which is China’s largest State-owned-Enterprise and also the country’s largest oil and gas sales company.

SECNAP, the firm which provided the technology to secure Hillary Clinton's private email server (the same firm that isn't answering media questions) had a board member who runs a company with ties to China's largest State-owned-Enterprise.

If you aren't cracking up by now, then you don't have a sense of humor. Either that or you are nervously biting your fingernails while thinking about just how serious Clinton's servergate really is, and who might have what data. 

Who knows what type of connections spider out from here. For instance, Posner was CEO of four software firms, including Peter Norton Computing (developers of the popular Norton anti-virus software, and now part of Symantec Corporation). Norton and Clinton both serve on the board of directors for FAPE - the Foundation for Art and Preservation in Embassies.

Good thing this isn't an investigative piece.

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