How Not to Use Email
In spite of her training in military intelligence and West Point education, David Petraeus’s biographer and mistress Paula Broadwell apparently never learned about tracing data embedded in emails. That’s what ultimately brought the F.B.I. to Ms. Broadwell’s door and led to the ugly unveiling last Friday of her affair with the former general and CIA director.
Wired reports the tawdry tale began its downhill slide into public scandal with email harassment:
When mathematician Zachary Harris received an email from a Google headhunter asking if he was “open to confidentially exploring opportunities” with the search giant, Mr. Harris was skeptical. He checked the email’s headers–the thicket of traffic data hidden in every message we receive–and saw that though the message was authentic, Google had a problem.