Senators raise questions about security, smartphone Trump

Senators raise questions about security, smartphone Trump

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Two U.s. senators have in a letter to James Mattis, the minister of Defence, clarification asked about the security of the smartphone from president Donald Trump.

The senators, both Democrats who are part of the commission’s Homeland Security, are concerned about reports that Trump is still the “old, unsafe Android-phone” used to include Twitter.

Shortly after the inauguration of Trump stated to the New York Times, in a post about the habits of Trump that he was “against the protests of a number of employees” had decided to use his Android phone to continue using it.

In their letter (pdf) disclaim senators Claire McCaskill and Tom Carper to ensure that employees with access to classified information typically is not recommended to have personal equipment to use.

Moreover, Trump may still have a legacy Samsung Galaxy S3 from the year 2012. This is a device that looks like some of the pictures are recognizable. The S3 will not get any security updates from Samsung and it runs on the insecure version of Android kit kat (4.4), from 2013.


“Although it is important that the president can use to electronically communicate, it is equally important that he share that in a safe way, and one which ensures that there is presidential archives to be preserved”, write the senators in their letter .

Therein, they point out that hackers often target on smartphones, especially if there is outdated software. A beveiligingsexpert of the university of California, Berkeley, wrote recently that Trump with his Android phone only on a malicious link, don’t have to click to bugged to be.

President Obama should from 2009 to 2016 only a custom BlackBerry. Last year he said that he was a new kind of phone had received, but he complained about the fact that he is there for security reasons, no photos and no music was playing.

The Democrats have Mattis asked to for 9 march to respond.

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