Friday 22 August 2014
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The Petraeus Scandal and Why the CIA Needs Sgrouples

Unless you’re living under a rock (and you’re obviously not – it would probably be difficult to get WiFi), you’ve heard some semblance of the national news that is the Petraeus scandal. To make a long and complicated story short, if General David Petraeus had been using Sgrouples there’s a good chance he’d still have his job. Here are the basics:

  • Well-connected Tampa socialite Jill Kelley contacted her friend in the FBI about some troubling emails she had been getting from an anonymous sender.
  • The emails’ mentions of Kelley and her family friend, General Petraeus, gave the FBI cause to believe that Kelley’s email account was being hacked, launching an investigation.
  • The FBI traced Kelley’s emails to Paula Broadwell, Petraeus’ biographer, and stumbled upon some additional correspondence between her and Petraeus with some rather sexual content.
  • The scandal is exposed and the man widely considered America’s greatest spy resigns as the head of the CIA.

So no one is safe. Why, you might ask, am I disowning your safety? I’m not just going for the dramatics – The events of the past few months have proven that even the highest of officials can be burned by online privacy breaches.

Was the FBI warranted in launching such a large investigation? This article from the New York Times certainly explores the question. But what we at Sgrouples would like to make sure you understand is that none of this would have happened if the involved parties were using a private social network. Kelley would have never been stalked, and Petraeus and Broadwell’s personal business would have been kept away from prying eyes.

For an explanation on the differences between public and private social networks, make sure you check out our take on things. Hint: Gmail is one of the former and Sgrouples is one of the latter.

So don’t get caught with your pants down – use Sgrouples in the Internet age and protect yourself online!

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