The President of the United States, Donald Trump, has been reportedly still using his unsecure Samsung Galaxy S3, while he’s in office. Not only is that smartphone nearly five years old, but it’s very unsecure. Not only has it not received updates in quite some time, but smartphones are pretty easy to hack, and that’s a big deal for someone that is the leader of a country, like Trump. The Secret Service has reportedly attempted to get Trump to trade in that phone for an ultra secure phone (one that former President Obama once described as a toy phone you give to your kids). Why is this is a big deal? Well, this means that America’s enemies could be listening in on his conversations. Additionally, it opens him up for all kinds of attacks, and even Twitter hacks – which he is a big time user of Twitter.
Now since the Secret Service has been unable to get Trump to turn over his phone, Congress is taking it into their own hands. Ted Lieu, a Democrat out of California has sent a letter to the House Oversight Committee, and is requesting an investigation into Trump’s smartphone. On top of that, he wants an investigation into other cybersecurity practices from the Trump administration. This letter has been co-signed by 14 members of Congress. So Lieu isn’t alone here. In his letter, Lieu notes that the Galaxy S3 has well-documented vulnerabilities, which is absolutely true, especially for a phone that was released in 2012.
Of course, the Galaxy S3 is the least of Congress’ worries when it comes to security with President Trump. There was a story coming out of Florida last weekend, talking about how he took a security briefing at his club in Florida, in front of guests. That’s definitely not secure, and in fact, there are pictures on Instagram of Trump reading the briefing. Of course, there was also the issue of his administration using Gmail to secure their Twitter accounts, which has since changed, but that was still a big no-no. It’s clear that cybersecurity isn’t at the top of the Trump administration’s agenda, but it definitely should be.