White House Hack: John Kelly's Personal Phone Was Compromised For Months

Randolph Lopez
October 7, 2017

Now, three official sources are telling POLITICO that the personal cellphone Trump's chief of staff John Kelly may have been compromised back in December.

The suspected hack was discovered after Kelly gave his phone to White House tech support because it wasn't updating or functioning normally.

A White House spokesman said Kelly hadn't used the personal phone often since joining the administration.

In response to the incident with Kelly's phone, the White House has installed additional storage lockers for personal devices in the West Wing.

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

Kelly, a retired Marine Corps general, has sought to impose order on the day-to-day operations at the White House.

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It's not known which brand and model of phone is involved, but Kelly is seen using an iPhone in a number of photos, including the AP shot by Susan Walsh above. The e-mails in question, according to Politico, include "nonpublic travel documents, internal schedules and some official White House materials", many of them sent by Ivanka herself.

According to Politico, the official said Kelly no longer had the phone but did not say where the device is.

"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".

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, previously the Homeland Security chief. "Really the only way to pick up on that is to do forensics on the phone".

In the early days of Trump's presidency reports emerged that he used an older Android device to access Twitter, which raised security concerns.

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