Alarming: White House Chief of Staff John Kelly's personal phone reportedly hacked

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly turned the phone over to IT staffers during the summer complaining that it had not been operating properly for months sources told Politico

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly turned the phone over to IT staffers during the summer complaining that it had not been operating properly for months sources told Politico

The digital attack was first discovered after Kelly reported experiencing glitches on the device - which was his personal phone, and not the government-issued phone - for a while. One of the officials told the political news site that Kelly was using a different personal phone.

Politico reports Kelly turned his phone over for IT help this summer after complaining it was acting up.

The hacker sent a pretty convincing email to Bossert's White House email account, asking him to join a veterans' party towards the end of August. Before joining the Trump administration, Kelly was a four-star Marine general and headed the United States Southern Command, until his retirement in January 2016.

The official, who did not dispute any of POLITICO's reporting on the timeline of events or the existence of the memo, said Kelly no longer had possession of the device but declined to say where the phone is now. Investigators say that numerous phone's features weren't functioning. He reportedly told IT the phone had been having issues for months.

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While the fact that a White House official can so easily be fooled is hilarious for some, it is also a sobering fact considering that this is the very technique that cyber criminals use to obtain sensitive information from government officials.

Security experts say that the worst case scenario would be complete access, which is what the West Wing is concerned about, now reviewing Kelly's travel schedule.

"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", Bill Marczak, Citizen Lab senior research fellow told Politico.

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