The open source disk cleaning application, BleachBit, got quite a decent ad pitch from the world of politics after it was revealed lawyers of the presidential hopeful, Hillary Clinton, used the software to wipe her email servers. Clinton is currently in hot water, being accused of using private servers for storing sensitive emails.
South Carolina Representative, Trey Gowdy, spoke to Fox news about Hillary Clinton's lawyers using BleachBit to wipe the private servers. He said:
“She and her lawyers had those emails deleted. And they didn't just push the delete button; they had them deleted where even God can't read them. They were using something called BleachBit. You don't use BleachBit for yoga emails or bridesmaids emails. When you're using BleachBit, it is something you really do not want the world to see.”
Two of the main features that are listed on the BleachBit website include “Shred files to hide their contents and prevent data recovery”, and “Overwrite free disk space to hide previously deleted files”. These two features would make it pretty difficult for anyone trying to recover the deleted emails.
A visit to the BleachBit website shows that the software maker is quite pleased with itself, even misquoting Gowdy just to hammer home how well its software works. A red alert box on the homepage of the BleachBit software reads 'South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy, says Hillary Clinton's team deleted emails “so even God couldn't read them” using BleachBit'.
BleachBit said in its blog post that it hasn't received a warrant or subpoena yet and that the cleaning process isn't reversible anyway. After the news that Clinton used the software broke, traffic to the site spiked. The site saw a second, bigger, spike after the story went viral on Twitter.