Trump’s Social Media Director Posts Video from Mar-a-Lago Showing the “Nuclear Football” Being Carried by Military Personnel
Democrats and independent experts are accusing the new president of risking new leaks and cyberattacks.
On Saturday Trump took a phone call about a North Korean missile test while sitting in full view of the guests at his private Mar-a-Lago club in Florida.
Trump staffers later that night pored over government documents with cell phone flashlights, a potential security risk as the mobile devices can be hacked to transmit video and images to prying eyes.
And a Mar-a-Lago visitor posted a photo — later deleted — to Facebook that featured and gave a first name for a U.S. military official responsible for holding the black bag containing the country’s nuclear launch codes.
Trump has been using an unsecured Android cell phone to Tweet, a habit that could potentially expose the president to personal tracking and give hackers an entry point into other parts of his phone.
“It’s against best practices of operational security,” said Jonathan Wackrow, a former Secret Service agent who now runs a private security consulting firm. “The people he surrounds himself with should know better. I don’t see that voice of reason anywhere.”
“Think about the impact an attacker could have if they could access POTUS’s phone microphone, or that of his aides, during key briefings such as the meeting in Mar-a-Lago on Saturday night,” said Mike Murray, a vice president at the mobile security company Lookout.