The data-deleting software known as BleachBit, made famous by the Clinton team’s use of it to scrub emails from the former secretary of state’s private email server, is making the most of its time in the spotlight – and is now selling special “cloths” featuring the Democratic nominee herself.
The item is called the “Cloth or Something” — a reference to an Aug. 18, 2015, response Clinton gave when asked by Fox News’ Ed Henry if she had wiped her private email server.
“What, like with a cloth or something?” Clinton quipped, making a scrubbing motion with her hand.
That “cloth” turned out to be BleachBit — a powerful software tool that includes the ability to “shred files to hide their contents and prevent data recovery,” according to BleachBit’s website. Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., who revealed the Clinton team’s use of the software in August this year, said it deleted files so completely that “even God can’t read them” — a quote Bleachbit now proudly uses as an endorsement.
Now, the company is making the most of its high-profile in the media and the presidential race, selling cloths that bear Clinton’s face, and the now-famous quote.
“After you have smashed your BlackBerry, don’t forget to wipe the fingerprints from your email server with this non-abrasive, soft microfiber Cloth or Something,” the site says. “Don’t wait for a subpoena: order now!”
Bleachbit founder Andrew Ziem, who offers customers the option to have him sign the cloths, told FoxNews.com via email Wednesday that he has been staggered by the demand, which is causing him some concerns as he doesn’t want to disappoint people.
“Sales have come in waves. There was a boost after the second presidential debate and a bigger wave after FBI Director James Comey reopened the investigation on Friday,” Ziem said.
“A few days ago I had just reordered the cloths from the printer and was mostly keeping up with signing them, but yesterday sales went through the roof. I panicked as I saw them selling out so fast because I do not like back orders, and I don’t know how I am going to sign them all,” he said.
The cloths are available for $3 each, or $5 with Ziem’s autograph. They are currently back ordered until Nov. 14.
Ziem said the idea initially started off as a bit of a joke, but eventually he got around to making a design and actually ordering them. However, the demand has been so high that it’s getting in the way of Ziem’s main job — creating BleachBit itself.
“’The Cloth or Something’ project has been fun, but it has also been a distraction from the software development needed to get out the next release of the BleachBit software application,” he said.
Ziem isn’t the first to capitalize on Clinton’s email woes with a cheeky product. During his presidential primary campaign, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., offered supporters the opportunity to buy “Hillary’s hard drive” for $100, which it promised was “perfectly clean.”