[Note: This item comes from friend Bob Frankston. DLH]
The real reason why Trump using an old Android phone should freak you out
By Chris Smith
Jan 26 2017
President Donald Trump is still using his old Android phone, a new report revealed, even if he’s not supposed to do it. The device is believed to an unsecured handset that poses a severe security risk. Trump did receive a brand new handset before taking office, and a new phone number. But the fact that he still uses his old Android handset is troublesome. A security expert highlighted the real reason why Trump’s Android phone is a massive risk for the president.
It’s not the fact hackers could grab data from his device, believed to be a Galaxy S3, or access sensitive email contents — Trump might not even be using those smartphone features.
Far more concerning is that the microphone of the handset could be hijacked and activated without the user — in this case Trump — knowing anything about it.
“I’m not concerned about the data. Anything he reads on that screen is coming from the insecure network that we all use, and any e-mails, texts, Tweets, and whatever are going out to that same network,” cryptography expert Bruce Schneier wrote.
“But this is a consumer device, and it’s going to have security vulnerabilities. He’s at risk from everybody, ranging from lone hackers to the better-funded intelligence agencies of the world. And while the risk of a forged e-mail is real — it could easily move the stock market — the bigger risk is eavesdropping. That Android has a microphone, which means that it can be turned into a room bug without anyone’s knowledge. That’s my real fear.”
Schneier is a “widely respected” cryptographer, Business Insider says, and he’s better versed in the “cyber” than Trump will ever be.