President Trump rebuts the use of unsecured personal iPhone... from an iPhone
The New York Times ran a story recently that quoted White House administration officials who were worried that the President sometimes tweets and chats via his private iPhone, instead of solely via the government-sanctioned for the purpose gear. The whole thing was met with some laughter and ridicule across the globe, with Chinese officials suggesting that maybe he should use a Huawei phone instead if intelligence sources are so worried about the matter.Needless to say, while Apple does its best to keep iPhones secure, a run-of-the-mill unit won't be much of a problem for eavesdropping by someone with malicious intent and the resources to apply it. Intelligence officials are worried that China or Russia might be listening on such calls with unpredictable consequences.
The so-called experts on Trump over at the New York Times wrote a long and boring article on my cellphone usage that is so incorrect I do not have time here to correct it. I only use Government Phones, and have only one seldom used government cell phone. Story is soooo wrong!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 25, 2018That's not the first time "intelligence officials" are worried by actions of this administration, but it's sometimes hard to fathom if their tips come with other purposes than genuine threat worries. A recent Bloomberg report about Chinese spy chips in Apple's iCloud servers, for instance, now sounds like it may be a plant for political, China-bashing purposes by such sources, and Apple went so far as to ask for an editorial retraction.