John Kelly's personal cell was reportedly breached

John Kelly's personal cell was reportedly breached

John Kelly's personal cell was reportedly breached

White House officials believe Chief of Staff John Kelly's personal cellphone was compromised, raising concerns that hackers or foreign governments may have had access to data on the phone, it was reported Thursday.

Though officials from the White House have indicated to Politico that Kelly rarely used his personal device for communications, instead relying on his government-issued device for most of his needs, there is still the possibility that the infected phone may have been used to obtain sensitive and classified information. However, it is not clear how much data was accessed, exactly when the hack took place and if the hackers have been able to breach cell phones used by other White House staffers.

Kelly said at the time that his personal phone hadn't been working properly for months - a tell-tale sign that it may have been hijacked by malware that gave outsiders access to the device's secrets. Kelly was preparing to join the incoming administration of Donald Trump as the U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security.

A spokesman for the White House was not immediately available for comment.

He isn't the first president to have phone security issues.

Gen. John Kelly's cell phone has been compromised, government officials warn. The IT team found numerous functions of the phone not to be working and deemed it compromised.

"The [attackers] I would be most anxious about are nation-states or other actors who may have access to resale of commercial spyware sold to nation-states", Marczak said.

White House aides prepared a one-page September memo summarizing the incident, which was circulated throughout the administration. "Really the only way to pick up on that is to do forensics on the phone". This contrasts Trump and his supporters' consistent criticism of Hilary Clinton using a personal email server for official business.

The president himself has sparked criticism for his use of an outdated Galaxy S3 phone that is reported to be vulnerable to hackers, according to the Atlantic.

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