Chief of Staff John Kelly's Personal Cell Phone Compromised

Chief of Staff John Kelly's Personal Cell Phone Compromised

Chief of Staff John Kelly's Personal Cell Phone Compromised

According to the September memo, White House staffer analyzed the phone over several days to determine why it was inoperable - and numerous phone's functions were not working. After seeing the document, members of the Trump Administration are reportedly concerned about what data could have been compromised while Kelly was serving as Secretary of Homeland Security, prior to his appointment of chief of staff in July.

According to Politico, the official said Kelly no longer had the phone but did not say where the device is.

Staffers revealed that many phone functions were not working, and the IT department said the handset should not be used further. They are also uncertain of what data could have been seen or stolen.

Tech support staff discovered the suspected breach after Kelly turned his phone in to White House tech support this summer complaining that it wasn't working or updating software properly. "This official said Kelly relied on his government-issued phone for official communications", Politico added. He switched to a government-issued phone.

According to Politico, Mr. Kelly had not used his personal phone to conduct White House business since joining the administration.

"The [attackers] I would be most anxious about are nation-states or other actors who may have access to resale of commercial spyware sold to nation-states", Bill Marczak, Citizen Lab senior research fellow told Politico.

The official reportedly did not dispute the Politico report. But the report doesn't specify whether it's an Android or iPhone.

Just after he was inaugurated as president, there were concerns that Donald Trump was still using his old, unsecured Samsung Galaxy S3 to send out tweets.

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