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Radio News: Presidential cellphones may not be secure

May 22, 2018 10:50 pm
Politico reports that two anonymous senior administration officials say a cellphone that President Donald Trump uses isn’t equipped with sophisticated security features designed to prevent hacking or surveillance. Trump has two iPhones, one just for phone calls, the other just for presidential tweets and for reading news sites which, one would think, are not fake. White House staff reportedly want him to swap out the Twitter phone each month, but he will not because it is “too inconvenient,” according to a anonymous source. A former Obama administration official said that president turned over his White House phones every 30 days to be examined for hacking and other suspicious activity. The Obama phones did not have cameras or microphones; Trump's phone do. “It’s baffling that Trump isn’t taking baseline cybersecurity measures at a time when he is trying to negotiate his way out of a trade war with China, a country that is known for using cyber tactics to gain the upper hand in business negotiations,” said Samm Sacks, a China and technology expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Obama's deputy chief technology officer agreed. “This would be the case of a president overruling literally the most rudimentary advice given by the communications agencies,” said Andrew McLaughlin.
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