President-elect Trump’s Android phone could be a national security crisis

“If there’s one thing Trump’s staff — whose boss’s addiction to tweeting is legend — can do immediately to improve the security of our nation, it is this: Secure his phone,” Joseph Bernstein and Sheera Frenkel report for BuzzFeed News. “Trump is still firing away tweets from his personal account, from a device that may be an iPhone, may be an Android, or may — according to reports — be whatever device is closest at hand. And it is hardly a stretch of the imagination that Trump may be sending texts, emails, or any other conceivable type of electronic communication from this or these devices.”

“Which normal device Trump has been using up to this point is something of a mystery. His tweets have been posted from Twitter apps for both iPhone and Android. Last October, the New York Times reported he used a Samsung Galaxy,” Bernstein and Frenkel report. “And a text analysis of Trump’s tweets in August by the data scientist David Robinson found that Trump tweets from an iPhone were likely written by his staff, while tweets from the Android were likely written by Trump himself.”

President-elect of the United States Donald trump and First Lady of the United States Designate Melania Trump
President-elect of the United States Donald trump and First Lady of the United States Designate Melania Trump
“If Trump is indeed using an Android device, he’s using a phone that the cybersecurity world broadly regards as significantly less secure than the iPhone or iPad,” Bernstein and Frenkel report. “‘Securing Android devices is very difficult,’ said Jeff Zacuto, mobile security evangelist at Check Point, a security firm. “It is a highly vulnerable operating system, and if you don’t have a solution on that device to detect an advance attack you might not know that its happening… God forbid he messages or emails someone from that device.'”

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MacDailyNews Take: We assume President-elect Trump will soon get a specialized device, secured by the NSA (if he hasn’t already), but (if he hasn’t) he should for now certainly dump the notoriously insecure fragmandroid devices immediately and stick to Apple’s much more secure iPhones running the latest iOS version.

Executive Chairman of Alphabet Inc. Eric Schmidt’s cozy relationships with Trump’s political opponents should be more than enough reason alone to deep-six the consumer-grade Android crap.

WikiLeaks emails show extremely close relationship between Clinton campaign and Google’s Eric Schmidt – November 1, 2016
Trump’s nice tweets come from Apple iPhone, the not-so-nice ones come from Android phone – August 10, 2016
Eric Schmidt-backed startup stealthily working to put Hillary Clinton in the White House – October 9, 2015
Edward Snowden’s privacy tips: ‘Get rid of Dropbox,” avoid Facebook and Google – October 13, 2014
Eric Schmidt says Google ‘far more secure’ than Apple, denies harvesting data – October 3, 2014
Google’s Eric Schmidt spurns Obama cabinet post offer – December 11, 2012
Obama to reward Google’s Schmidt with Cabinet post? – December 5, 2012
Google outfoxes U.S. FCC – April 17, 2012
Google Street View cars grabbed locations of cellphones, computers – July 26, 2011
Consumer Watchdog calls for probe of Google’s inappropriate relationship with Obama administration – January 25, 2011
FCC cites Android ‘openness’ as reason for neutered ‘Net Neutrality’ – December 22, 2010
U.S. FCC approves so-called ‘net-neutrality’ regulations – December 21, 2010
Google CEO Schmidt: If you don’t like being in Google Street View then ‘just move’ – October 28, 2010
Consumer Watchdog ads mock Google CEO Eric Schmidt (with video) – September 2, 2010
Google CEO Schmidt: Change your name to escape ‘cyber past’ – August 18, 2010
Wired: Google, CIA Invest in ‘future’ of Web monitoring – July 29, 2010
37 states join probe into Google’s questionable Wi-Fi data collection – July 22, 2010
Google Street View Wi-Fi data included passwords and email – June 18, 2010


      1. The popular vote hasn’t even been finished counted. When absentee ballots totals are not enough to change the electoral votes of a state, they are not counted at all. The bulk of absentee ballots are military, do you think they’re voting for The Clot?

        PS: I noticed The Clot hasn’t asked for any recounts in Pennsylvania, Florida, Illinois or California. But, of course, American should trust The Clot regarding the electoral college because she knows SO much more what’s best for America than James Fücking Madison…you lost, punk.

            1. Agreed, all the General election is is the election of the members of the Electoral college from each State to themselves elect the President on Dec. 17. With the possibility of ‘faithless’ electors Hillary, (or a 3rd person) has the possibility of becoming the President instead of Trump.

    1. Unless they contain reference to classified information. Also it stands to reason that a device a person is using for one form of communication will be used for others like email or even just plain old phone calls.

    1. KingMel Registered User
      Wednesday, November 9, 2016 – 11:13 pm
      “I do not intend to say anything more about Trump. Unlike Fwahatever and botty and others, I prefer to talk about Apple and Macs.”

      uh, Melvin, what happened to your “pledge” ? You lasted three whole days.

      1. botvinnik, I believe you may owe your boyfriend Melvin an apology. As you yourself pointed out, KingMel is a registered user, yet you respond to an unregistered user, who may be, and probably is, spoofing the real Melvin who is renowned for keeping his word. The comment system is rigged.

  1. No, but using an insecure device connected to the internet is a matter of national security. There is a reason that President Obama’s iPhone is severely crippled to restrict and protect his communications.

    In the long run, it may not matter if the President-Elect switches to an iPhone, since he is on record as supporting “back doors” that would make iPhones just as hackable as Android.

    And that assumes that iPhones are still available. He is also on record as supporting a boycott of Apple products unless they move all their production back into the U.S., which is financially unsupportable.

    Thanks, MDN, for posting a story that is actually Apple news.

      1. Idiots are people who repeatedly post the same comment expecting a different reaction. Nobody ever said that tweets are a matter of national security (except insofar as the contents of the tweets might have the same impact as any other inflammatory communication), so nobody cares how often you deny that they are.

        What everyone else is saying is that the President of the United States using an insecure device for any purpose—including but not limited to Twitter—IS a matter of national security. Are you suggesting that it is not?

        1. your words, only seconds ago:
          “No, but using an insecure device connected to the internet is a matter of national security.”

          once again, how are “tweets” of President-designate Donald Trump a “matter of national security”?

      2. He didn’t say tweets were a matter of national security. He said that insecure devices (in the hands of a president) connected to the internet is a matter of national security.

  2. You just can’t help but wonder when someone these days says “trump’s Android phone could be a national security crisis” if is also means that “trump’s Android phone could be a global security benefit.”

    I mean think of it, there’d be no real reason to panic if hackers found out that he was planning to invade East Korea.

      1. Sorry, what did you say? I was sleeping.

        Honestly, bottt-boy, your boring the pants off me. That’s why i’m dropping off all the time.

        Who’d a thought Being sooooo cleaver could be soooo boring. Realllyyyyy booorrring …. zzz

    1. Yeah that’s me. Pure scum. How did you guess. So since you know me so well, botty-lover-dude, what’s my problem. How exactly am I scum. Perhaps I’m rebel scum. I always wanted to be rebel scum. How wonderful.


  3. Both Android & Trump are insecure. He is already surrounding himself with family & ‘yes’ men, who will agree with all his decisions and tell him how great he is.
    My suggestion to the NSA is to give him a dumb phone. Then we won’t have to be exposed to his idiot rants on twitter and stupid conspiracy theories.

    Glad I don’t live in America

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