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Tue Dec 31, 2019, 01:00 PM Dec 2019

Trump and his team take a big risk using their personal cellphones

The Kremlin might know more about conversations between President Trump, Rudolph W. Giuliani and others involved in the Ukraine gambit that led to Congress’s impeachment inquiry than congressional investigators themselves. The reason for this alarming reality? A dangerous fondness for cellphones.

Mr. Trump’s insistence on using his personal cellphone for official communications was a problem the moment he stepped into the Oval Office — after a campaign spent railing against rival Hillary Clinton for sending state emails on a private server. Now, call records obtained by the House have resurrected concerns about how the president and his closest associates communicate about the most sensitive of matters, and who exactly might be listening.

Mr. Trump claims he relies exclusively on government-issued devices hardened against hacks. But last year, the New York Times reported he favored a mass-market iPhone for dialing his friends, and Chinese spies often eavesdropped for insights on how they might sway the administration. Even if all the commander in chief’s phones are now specifically programmed for protection, there’s still a risk if they’re not routinely scrubbed or swapped out — measures Mr. Trump in the past allegedly declared “too inconvenient.”

Security experts also say cellphones are generally more vulnerable than landlines. Adversaries eager to intercept privileged chats, for example, can “spoof” the towers through which calls are routed. John F. Kelly’s success in getting Mr. Trump to move to White House channels was short-lived; the president discovered that meant the then-chief of staff could access a log of his calls, and he reverted to his old habits.


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Trump and his team take a big risk using their personal cellphones (Original Post) Zorro Dec 2019 OP
yes but "emails" remember they need to keep us distracted with Hillary's emails gopiscrap Dec 2019 #1
Let's not forget Bengahzi! RainCaster Dec 2019 #2
Russian hacking report found underpants Dec 2019 #3
What risk? Putin probably gets a daily briefing from inside the White House. Girard442 Dec 2019 #4
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