President Trump may be placing America’s national security in danger, one tweet at a time.
Do you remember Hillary Clinton’s emails scandal? Of course, how could you forget one of the main points of contestation regarding her using an unsecured server that may well have lost Clinton the election. Well, guess what: Donald Trump, two weeks into his presidency, is still using an off-the-shelf, unsecured Android phone. His relentless use of Twitter not only poses a risk to international diplomacy but, perhaps even more importantly, is a massive security risk in itself.
When Barack Obama took office, he was given a secured BlackBerry phone that had no apps, no camera function and just a few numbers that he could call, prompting the former president to jokingly compare it to a toddler’s toy.
The reason behind such measures is that any consumer-grade phone running apps like Twitter is vulnerable to thousands of attacks from anywhere in the world. Hackers can easily turn it into a broadcasting device, transmitting everything that happens within its reach.
While most users are not in danger of cyber attacks given how long these take to execute, the president of the United States is a prized target for some of the best hackers in the world—be it state interference on government level or citizen collective action. The hypocrisy of the Trump administration’s double standards aside, the president may be placing America’s national security in danger, one tweet at a time.
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