Despite the obvious risks in a heated election season fraught with cyber-peril, Donald Trump is apparently doing very little to secure his own business’ information online.
According to Motherboard, a number of email serves tied to the Republican presidential nominee are running out-of-date software no longer receiving vital security updates and lack “other precautions for keeping hackers out.”
The issues with Trump’s corporate servers were first reported on Twitter by security architect Kevin Beaumont.
Beaumont told reporters that he was shocked by his findings: a publicly facing email infrastructure rife with security flaws. “During an election where cybersecurity is such a big issue, I was amazed at what I saw.”
Quick update on Trump corp email servers – all internet accessible, single factor auth, no MDM, Win2003, no security patching. pic.twitter.com/nIMTa9UmdL— Kevin Beaumont (@GossiTheDog) October 17, 2016
Motherboard reports that a number of mail servers linked to the Trump Organization are running end-of-life software, meaning that, with regards to security, the products are no longer supported by their developers.
Hacked emails, more specifically those belonging to the other side—the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta—have heavily influenced 2016 election coverage.
Former DNC chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz resigned ahead of this year’s nominating convention after emails published by WikiLeaks exposed conversations between the DNC and Clinton campaign regarding Sen. Bernie Sanders, Clinton’s Democratic primary challenger.
WikiLeaks has continued this week to release emails from Podesta. The latest batch arrived on Tuesday, a day after Ecuador reportedly cut WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s internet connection at its London embassy—Assange’s home for the past four years.