FRONT PAGE CONTRIBUTOR
St. Louis Post-Dispatch Accuses MO House Speaker Of ‘Hacking’ Crime
Last week, Mr. Jones — or one of his minions — used a state computer in the Missouri House in an attempt to hack into a secure state computer server under control of the Office of Administration. The OA handles much of the internal computer security for the executive branch of government.
OA records obtained in a Sunshine Law request show that the mystery hacker took 23 shots at cracking the OA security. The hacker used a user name and password that had been given to a federal law enforcement official as part of an investigation into potential disability fraud.
Based on what evidence?
That official, Keith Schilb, a special agent with the Office of Inspector General for the Social Security Administration, had requested a copy of the list of Missourians who hold conceal-carry weapon permits to compare with a disability database. He wanted to determine if people claiming a mental health disability were committing fraud.
To get Mr. Schilb the information he requested, the Office of Administration set up a secure FTP server and sent him a user name and password.
That user name and password were made public by Sen. Kurt Schaefer, R-Columbia, last week after he received the email as a result of a subpoena he served Mr. Schilb asking for records relating to his investigation.
Let’s be clear: the SSA agent testified over a week ago that the password sent to the SSA and ATF was included on a piece of paper, along with the full disc of CCW names for the state of Missouri, through the USPS. Who knows how many individuals have this password. It wasn’t made public in this hearing — it was made public when Jay Nixon-appointed officials disregarded Missouri law prohibiting full compliance with the Real ID act (a law Nixon himself signed into effect) and burned sensitive, private information onto an unencrypted disc, dropped it into an envelope, and sent it through the post.
Mr. Nixon never broke the law, nor did the state patrol, nor did Mr. Schilb. Each of them was following the mandates in the state and federal Drivers Privacy Protection Act to share such information, including the Department of Revenue-controlled CCW list, as part of a state or federal investigation.
Conflation. A secret, special joint request made by the SSA and ATF. The SSA agent under oath testified that they were specifically looking at US veterans on social security disability who also had CCW permits.
The St. Louis Post Dispatch has refused to accurately cover this story and instead has spent numerous column inches preemptively setting up deflections for the governor’s office. The paper is making a disparaging claim and I call on them to prove it. Prove that the House Speaker, since he was named, “hacked” (since they believe using a password to access a portal that should be closed — they won’t write why Nixon hasn’t closed that or further secured Missourians’ privacy — constitutes “hacking) a database.
Which out-of-touch paw-paw wrote this general editorial? How does using a password bypass security protocol? Can they learn web lingo first before accusing someone of it? And can they answer why the Governor is dodging testifying under oath?