Donald Trump certainly attacked Hillary Clinton for using an unsecured private messaging server in her 2016 campaign. But, according to a recent Washington Post survey, the US president routinely make phone calls using unsafe devices. Appeals from the investigation into Trump's impeachment show that he and his top advisors regularly used unencrypted telephones to discuss White House affairs. Several unidentified Trump adminstration officials confirmed the incident to the investigated media.
Government officials usually use encrypted telephone services to protect their calls or SMS from possible hacker interception. To contextualize this information, Business Insider US spoke to cyber security experts about the risks of using unsecured phones. For example Alex Heid, the director of new technologies at Security Scorecard, revealed that unencrypted telephone services were particularly easy to hack.
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"In some cases, it's as easy as entering a cellphone tower, plugging in a laptop and downloading everything," said Alex Heid. "It's usually so easy to hack that it's scary." Kiersten Todt, general manager of the Cyber Readiness Institute, said that access to unsafe telephone activities is within the reach of sophisticated hackers. "With enough time and focus, we know that this is certainly feasible for many malevolent actors," said the former cyber security adviser for the Obama administration.
This is how hackers can access unsafe phone activities and how encryption can protect them, experts say.
With the advent of the Internet, phone encryption became much cheaper. Most encrypted telephone lines now use a software called 'voice over internet protocol' to protect themselves against espionage.