12:46 pm November 13, 2012, by Christopher Seward
Ahhh email. Where would cheating be without it?
According to the Associated Press, CIA Director David Petraeus and his mistress Paula Broadwell relied on the “draft folder” of a shared Google Gmail account to exchange messages between the two over a two-year period.
From the AP report:
“Rather than transmitting emails to the other’s inbox, they composed at least some messages and instead of transmitting them, left them in a draft folder or in an electronic ‘dropbox,’ … Then the other person could log onto the same account and read the draft emails there. This avoids creating an email trail that is easier to trace.”
This trick would leave less of an electronic trail than hitting the send button. For example, sent and received messages create a date- and time-stamped record in addition to a record of the IP addresses.
The FBI, which was investigating alleged threats by Broadwell against another woman, began monitoring Broadwell’s emails when they came across messages involving Petraeus. Broadwell gave the FBI access to her computer, where more exchanges between the four-star general and author were found.
Gmail, Hotmail and Microsoft Outlook all automatically save email as it is typed. The AP says the old “draft folder” method of communicating is known by teenagers and Arab terrorists alike. What are some of the more creative ways you’ve heard (or used) to hide emails or texts from others?
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