White House Chief Of Staff May Have Used Pwned iPhone For Months

White House officials believe that chief of staff John Kelly may have been using a personal phone for months which may have been pwned by hackers. And reading this story about this is absolutely mind blowing:

The discovery raises concerns that hackers or foreign governments may have had access to data on Kelly’s phone while he was secretary of Homeland Security and after he joined the West Wing.

Tech support staff discovered the suspected breach after Kelly turned his phone in to White House tech support this summer complaining that it wasn’t working or updating software properly.

Kelly told the staffers the phone hadn’t been working properly for months, according to the officials.

White House aides prepared a one-page September memo summarizing the incident, which was circulated throughout the administration.

Oh boy. That’s bad. Really bad. Various governments buy 0-day exploits. And these type of exploits on iOS are extremely valuable. We’ve already seen that the NSA and CIA both developed and stockpiled their own Thus it seems reasonable that foreign governments would be doing the same thing. You have to wonder if there’s more of these sorts of revelations to come.


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