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Trump’s Personal Phone Is a National Security Risk

Trump might be using a totally easy to hack phone, according to security researchers.
January 26, 2017, 7:05pm

Despite being one of the most heavily targeted people on the planet, Donald Trump might still be using his old, personal Android cell phone, exposing himself and perhaps other parts of the US government to hackers. In the evenings, Trump keeps himself company with television and his "old, unsecured Android phone," according to a recent  The New York Times report, which contradicts an earlier report that said he had "traded in" his old Android phone for a more secure one. It's unclear exactly what type of phone he's using for his late-night White House tweeting, but it doesn't sound like it's a hardened, government-approved, Android phone such as the one supported by the Pentagon's Defense Information Systems Agency, which helps the White House with communications tools. "[Trump] shouldn't have personal computers of any kind, they should be government controlled," said a former Samsung security employee who also did some work on Obama's Pentagon-supported modified Android device, but asked to remain anonymous due to having signed non disclosure agreements. The source added that if they were to advise Trump on using cell phones, they'd tell him to use a highly customized one so hackers wouldn't have a comparable test device. But the best thing, they added, would be to simply tell Trump: "no more cell phones." Using any kind of phone, according to the source and other security researchers, is a risk in and of itself for Trump. If someone were to hack Trump through his Twitter-phone (for lack of a better word), they might steal his password to other more important accounts, or, worse, they could jump to another device on the White House internal network, perhaps one that contains more sensitive information. Read more on Motherboard

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