tech2 News StaffJan 27, 2017 11:00:50 IST
It was reported earlier that US President Donald Trump had to give up his Android device for a secure, Secret Service-vetted mobile device. It turns out however, that Trump has in fact decided to continue using his Android phone.
The exact model of Trump’s phone is unknown, but it’s speculated to be a Samsung Galaxy S3. If you’re interested, the S3 has a 4.8-inch Amoled display with an HD resolution. The device up to 64GB of onboard memory, a 1.4GHz Exynos 4412 SoC and 1GB of RAM.
The phone was launched in 2012.
Trump did intend to maintain his existing Twitter account after taking over @potus since taking over as the US President. It was assumed that he would use a secure device for that purpose.
The New York Times reports that this is not the case.
Reputed security analyst Bruce Schneier was surprised that the Oresident was still using the device. As he explains to Politico, Trump’s Android phone is a “consumer” device and easily vulnerable to hacks. The obvious hacks involving email accounts and Twitter passwords is a small risk, he says, compared to the risk of turning Trump’s phone into a recording device with relatively simple hacks.
Schneier explains that a motivated hacker, not just a state-sponsored one, can potentially commandeer Trump’s phone, use it to record conversations, and take pictures remotely.
The White House and the Secret Service have apparently refused to comment on the matter.
If that’s not bad enough, two of Trump’s advisors have been reported (by Newsweek) to be using private email servers for all their emails, including official ones. It was on the charge of using a private email server that Hillary Clinton was investigated by the FBI.
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