National Security

Trump Never Stopped Using Insecure Phones

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Trump is still using insecure cell phones every day according to a new report from Politico and it's not his Twitter phone that is considered to be especially vulnerable.

While the phones he uses for tweeting and making phone calls could both be vulnerable, the phone he uses to place phone calls may be the bigger target because features that are usually disabled on secure phones are still present.

While aides have urged the president to swap out the Twitter phone on a monthly basis, Trump has resisted their entreaties, telling them it was “too inconvenient,” the same administration official said. [...]

Trump’s call-capable cellphone has a camera and microphone, unlike the White House-issued cellphones used by Obama. Keeping those components creates a risk that hackers could use them to access the phone and monitor the president’s movements. The GPS location tracker, however — which can be used to track the president’s whereabouts — is disabled on Trump’s devices.

If Trump has never stopped using insecure phones, and if he continues to use them after this report, there's a significant chance the phones have already been compromised or soon will be.

I am immediately reminded of the report that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) detected unauthorized stringray devices in the Washington D.C. area that are capable of intercepting or tracking phone calls. Those devices were believed to have been operated by a foreign government, but a culprit was never identified.

I never thought I'd say this, but the idea that foreign governments are listening to Trump is actually kind of reassuring. Knowing what to expect from him before he announces it publicly could be stabilizing.

  • Aynwrong

    And where the holy fuck is the “liberal media” on this?!?

    • Victor the Crab

      Why, they have their heads deep up their own asses, of course (some deeper than others – Cillizza, Todd, you two shitstains, I’m looking at both of you).

  • Draxiar

    Every single Republican in office in every interview needs to be asked why it’s okay for trump to use an insecure phone but it’s not okay for Hillary to have used a private email server (which a few trump family members have too btw). Every Republican; Every Interview…without fail.

    • Aynwrong

      My first thought…

    • Victor the Crab

      ‘Cuz, IOKIYAR. DUUUuuuUUUuuuUUU…

      Also, from Paul Krugman: IACIYAD (It’s A Crime If You’re A Democrat).

  • simpfan

    An insecure phone for an insecure man.

  • muselet

    “Too inconvenient.”

    This coming from someone who, along with his political party, has spent more than two years howling about how Hillary Clinton’s private email server was insecure.

    If every foreign intelligence service isn’t monitoring everything in and out of both of Donald Trump’s phones, I’d be very surprised.

    –alopecia

  • Why is it that no one can simply force him to use a proper g*dsd@mn phone?! It’s a National Frigging Security issue FFS!!! Every day I become more and more frustrated….Gah!

    • ninjaf

      Right? A simple, “Here are your options: choose one or choose none” should suffice. They don’t just let him get out of the motorcade and walk whenever he wants to (HA! Like that has EVER happened!) for security reasons. Same should apply here. You do not get a choice, if you want to maintain residency in the White House.