It is impossible to believe that the Virginia Department of Elections was the first to know about this. So, one must assume that dozens of people, many with much to gain have know about this for years. Those are precisely the kind of people that would use this without qualms. So, take various comforting phrases like "we know of no actual exploits" with a salt mine full of salt, because the odds are highly likely that they have been exploited.
If I understand this article correctly, the security flaws that "Exposed Her Emails To Foreign Spies" include using her own server (probably insecure but we don't know that for a fact) and using off-site backups (also probably insecure but we don't know that for a fact either). Did I miss anything?
On the one hand, many of his bits, including News from Outside the Bubble, News of the Warm, Apologies of the Week, Tales of Airport Security, and his comedic sketches are excellent. On the other hand, I find many others tired or way off the mark, including the aforementioned "So They Say" bit.
Plus, I was really taken aback recently when I heard him criticizing the use of nitrogen gas, of all things, in a chemical plant, insinuating that it's toxic. Because of that I just decided to maybe not be such a dedicated listener any more. But if you can separate the wheat from the chaff, you'll get some good wheat.
This article is very weak sauce. They have every right and, if you ask personal injury lawyers, the obligation, to prevent users from burning themselves up. Would rather see TechDirt focusing on dirtier dirt.
OTOH, the overall practice of pushing software updates with unknown and undocumented effects is a very rich vein to mine in terms of bad practice by companies. Consumers should very much be told in advance what their updates are doing.