By the numbers:
- Android devices infected with Chinese malware strain last year: 10 million
- Time since last Galaxy S3 (Trump’s phone of choice) security update: Over a year
- Shortest tenure as National Security Adviser: 24 days
Trump campaign aides linked to Russia
Yesterday, National Security Adviser Michael Flynn resigned amid concerns about his contacts with a Russian official. Now the New York Times is reporting that other Trump campaign aides have had contacts with the Russian government.
This story is developing. As of 10:37 p.m., CNN reported that both Presidents Obama and Trump had been briefed about “constant” communication between the Russians and Trump operatives. CNN has since said it has the names of said operatives, but is seeking comment before releasing them.
— Eric Geller (@ericgeller) February 15, 2017
Trump’s poor cybersecurity practices are becoming a problem
Cybersecurity is something that has been a matter of public interest for a while now ranging from concerns about election hacking, and, of course, Hillary Clinton’s email server. Now, Trump’s poor cybersecurity practices are starting to catch critics’ attention.
The most recent event happened at the Mar-a-lago resort when news broke of a North Korean missile launch. Trump, who was meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the time, huddled with his aides to read an intelligence report while his aides used their phones’ flashlight as a reading light.
Lighting up an intelligence report with a phone’s flashlight seems innocent enough, but when a hacker could easily access a phone’s camera, Trump’s aides were possibly creating a live show of top-secret intelligence.
This Mar-a-lago incident happened while Trump was still using an unsecured Android phone.