The intel is out: we’re on to hack the Don. The White House staff tried to tell him that bringing a cell phone into the secure area was to bring in his own gaping goatse security hole. But he insisted: he needed, not one, but two iphones. One for calls, one for Twitter. Cos yeah, we all need a special Twitter phone.
But even though that’s a bit against procedure in the White House, it’s not un-doable. His predecessor Barack Obama was hooked on crack, I mean Blackberries. He simply could not exist with his poor-excuse-for-a-smartphone. So allowances were made and he kept his Blackberry. But he was aware of the security risks; he had a specially-modified one made up, without microphone, camera or GPS, and even this “military-grade” Blackberry had to be handed over every 30 days to check for tampering, further modification, any chance that it posed any extra danger.
And Trump’s calls-only iphone is issued by White House staff and swapped out “through routine support operations” to check for hacking and other security concerns (well, any extra security concerns over and above the security concern that he is carrying around a bloody listening device!!). But he refuses to let them have his Twitter iphone, because it would be a nuisance!
I’m sure it would be difficult to hack Trump’s phone(s). I’m sure his equipment is especially hardened against threats. But when a target is as juicy as Trump, and you have potentially nation-state actors moving against him, nothing is hack-proof.
The White House banned its employees from using personal phones while in the West Wing in January. A statement at the time said that the “security and integrity of the technology systems at the White House is a top priority for the Trump administration”. But Trump’s wandering the West Wing (and the rest of the White House), Twitter-phone ready to tweet.
The personal smartphone of Trump’s chief of staff John Kelly was reportedly hacked during the Trump transition. And he didn’t replace it until October. And Trump’s Twitter-phone hasn’t even been checked!!
This is the man who criticised Hilary Clinton for her use of a personal email server. He is so dependant on Twitter that he needs a phone especially to tweet. Note that he needs this phone (not device, oh no, it has to be a phone) to tweet (not to use for other electronic communication, oh no, he hasn’t used email since he came into office, he needs it only to tweet).
The guy is an idiot. Don’t know if you’ve noticed that yet.