The New York Times reports that US President Donald Trump is still using an old, poorly-secured Android smartphone:
Mr. Trump’s wife, Melania, went back to New York on Sunday night with their 10-year-old son, Barron, and so Mr. Trump has the television — and his old, unsecured Android phone, to the protests of some of his aides — to keep him company.
The guys at Android Central did a little investigative work, taking a close look at pictures of the US president holding his treasured Android phone, and came to a disturbing conclusion:
Trump’s personal Android phone is more than likely a Samsung Galaxy S3, released in 2012, and which last received a software update in mid-2015, with firmware based on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean.
If that’s true, it’s not good at all.
If you don’t keep your smartphone up-to-date with the latest patches you run the risk of having it infected by malware. And boy, there have been some major Android security scares in recent years.
Who would want to infect Donald Trump’s smartphone with some spyware? Well, aside from intelligence agencies the world over, I think you could probably include in your count just about every hacker on the planet who has anything more than a modest ego.
Even if you weren’t interested in gathering intelligence by hijacking the microphone of a device that the world’s most powerful man is carrying in his jacket pocket, you may be sorely tempted to target the US president just “for the lulz”.
And even if a determined hacker wasn’t able to infect Donald Trump’s old Android phone, they could still cause plenty of chaos if they merely succeeded in compromising his Twitter account.
By the way, I’m pretty sure that Samsung’s Android smartphones are manufactured in South Korea, Vietnam and China. Just saying…