China and Russia reportedly spy on phone calls made by President Trump on his unsecure iPhones

China and Russia reportedly spy on phone calls made by President Trump on his unsecure iPhones
According to a report in Wednesday's New York Times, President Donald Trump's aides have been warning him that the calls he makes and takes on his pair of Apple iPhone handsets are not secure. These aides also caution the president that the Russians are listening in to his conversations, while U.S. Intelligence states that Chinese spies are often listening in as well. In fact, the Times cites current and past officials who state that through sources inside foreign governments and from intercepted communications, they know that China and Russia are listening in to the president's conversations.

Trump's aides have pushed the president into increasing his use of a secure landline, but he still uses his iPhones so much that White House officials worry whether he is discussing classified information on them. The president was given his iPhones by the White House Information Technology and the White House Communications Agency. One model was pre-installed with Twitter and several news apps. This device connects to the internet only via Wi-Fi. The other unit, referred to as the president's "burner" phone, can only make and take calls. Aides would like to see both devices swapped out  monthly, but only the "burner" phone is regularly exchanged. The iPhone that features Twitter and the pre-loaded news apps has gone as long as five months without being checked for bugs.

The Chinese are said to be using information picked up from monitoring Trump's calls to figure out who he listens to the most. A list containing the names of these people are said to be used by China in an attempt to influence the president's thinking on matters important to the country, like the U.S.-China trade war.

The New York Times says that Trump uses his smartphones when he doesn't want a call to go through the White House switchboard. Those calls are logged and can be reviewed by Trump's senior aides. Those familiar with the president's smartphone usage says that he typically calls Fox News hosts on his handset, or others who share his views and can commiserate with him over real or imagined slights.

It does appear that the president is not taking the issue of secure conversations seriously. Last year, he left one of his iPhones in a golf cart at his Bedminister, N.J. club, which put White House officials on heightened alert until the handset was found.

source: NYTimes

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9 Comments

1. TheOracle1

Posts: 2340; Member since: May 04, 2015

No need to comment really. The article speaks for itself. He's a soooo smart.

2. Phonehex

Posts: 768; Member since: Feb 16, 2016

Before the Apple haters start ranting - This is technically not an iOS/iPhone flaw . Please calm down.

3. mootu

Posts: 1541; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

No one says it was. The spying game doesn't need your phones to get their info, they just intercept the calls and data at other levels. Don't forget that the US is doing exactly the same to all world leaders as well, it's just part of the everyday game that has been going on for many years.

4. Vokilam

Posts: 1384; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

The calls he makes on these phones are just probably ordering pizza and checking on dry cleaners level type of stuff.. I bet the national security stuff is never mentioned on these phones. I'm sure anything he says on those phones can be read on his twitter feed - no need to spy. Who knows this could be a great way to spread mis-direction (knowing that others are spying on this direct line).

5. TheOracle1

Posts: 2340; Member since: May 04, 2015

You're giving too much credit to the Dotard.

8. maherk

Posts: 7017; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

You forgot Sean Hannity's bedtime stories calls.

6. perry1234

Posts: 654; Member since: Aug 14, 2012

What a t*rd. Pleaase America , don’t reelect this guy.

7. darkkjedii

Posts: 31624; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

He’s probably scheduling more hookups with Stormy Daniels... Orange idiot.

9. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3166; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

The stable genius.

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