Trump’s iPhone could be a threat to national security

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26 October, 2018

The riposte came after a New York Times report that Chinese and Russian spies often secretly listened in on President Donald Trump when he used his unsecure Apple cellphone to gossip with old friends.

Russians too are said to be eavesdropping on President Trump.

Mr Trump dismissed the report.

Unlike the other government-managed phones, Trump uses the unaltered personal iPhone because of its ability to store contacts, The Times reported.

Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying gave a humorous response at a news conference on Thursday.

Reacting to the report, Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying in Beijing said "certain people in the United States are sparing no efforts to win the best screenplay award at the Oscars".

"If they are really very anxious about Apple phones being bugged, then they can change to using Huawei".

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"If they are still not at ease, then in order to have an entirely secure device, they can stop using all forms of modern communication devices and cut off all ties with the outside world".

"We already treat these sort of stories with a certain humour", said presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov.

Trump reportedly has two iPhones that were programmed by the National Security Agency for official use, but he keeps a third, personal phone that remains unaltered - much like the normal iPhones on the consumer market, according to the officials.

"First The New York Times should know if they publish this type of report it provides another piece of evidence of The New York Times making fake news", she said, using one of Trump's favourite tactics to disparage unflattering articles. "I think in 15 years - it's not inevitable - but it is a very strong likelihood that we will be at war with China", Lt Gen Hodges told a packed room at the Warsaw Security Forum, a two-day gathering of leaders and military and political experts from central Europe.

"We're deeply concerned about the risks of allowing any company or entity that is beholden to foreign governments that don't share our values to gain positions of power inside our telecommunications networks", FBI Director Chris Wray said at the time in regards to American citizens continuing to use devices from Huawei.

Both firms denied posing any threat in the US.


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