White House Chief of Staff, John Kelly, Used a Hacked Phone for Months

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This White House just keeps getting worse and worse as the days go on.

According to a report by Politico, White House White House Chief of Staff, John Kelly, used a hacked phone for months:

White House officials believe that chief of staff John Kelly’s personal cellphone was compromised, potentially as long ago as December, according to three U.S. government officials.

The discovery raises concerns that hackers or foreign governments may have had access to data on Kelly’s phone while he was secretary of Homeland Security and after he joined the West Wing.

The White House only discovered this breach when Kelly took in his phone to tech support because it wasn’t working or updating properly for months. Thank god he didn’t just take it to some grandkid who’s probably the Kelly’s version of the Genius Bar.

A White House spokesman said Kelly hadn’t used the personal phone often since joining the administration. This official said Kelly relied on his government-issued phone for official communications.

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.

Kelly has since begun using a different phone, one of the officials said, though he relies on his government phone when he’s inside the White House.

I can’t believe he waited months to turn that thing in. The people running this country are morons.

[Via Gizmodo]

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