John Kelly's Personal Phone Hacked

John Kelly's Personal Phone Hacked

Cyber threats abound and on Thursday Politico reported another intrusion close to the heart of the US government, as White House officials believe chief of staff John Kelly's personal cell phone was hacked, possibly as far back as December 2016.

A Politico report said White House Chief of Staff John Kelly's personal phone may have been hacked.

An official in the Trump administration told Politico Kelly didn't frequently use his personal phone, relying primarily on a government-issued one, and has since switched to a new personal device.

Politico reported, citing three unnamed USA government officials, that Kelly's personal cell phone was compromised potentially as early as December 2016. The hackers may have gained access to data on Kelly's mobile device as far back as December, when he was transitioning to join the Trump administration as secretary of Homeland Security. It's unclear at this time what entity breached the former Marine general's handset, but it's not hard to guess who would be interested in gaining access to the device that handles personal communications for a top U.S. official. White House tech support was then able to identify the device as having been compromised.




Gen. John Kelly's cell phone has been compromised, government officials warn.

Though technicians are still unsure when Kelly's phone was initially infected, a September White House memo on the hack confirmed that the former military official had since replaced his personal phone.

His reputation as a straightshooter has many in the Oval Office and Republican Party optimistic as he takes the reins as chief of staff. Kelly was recently given authority to approve Cabinet travel. However, Kelly didn't report the issues, including the fact that he was unable to install new updates, to the support staff until months later. "The average user won't notice anything at all".

After spending several days poking and prodding the phone, staffers concluded the phone had indeed been hacked and informed the official that it should no longer be used.

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