Does Trump’s Old Android Phone Pose Major Security Threat?

Donald Trump is a big fan of the phones in the White House. ?EU?These are the most beautiful phones I?EU?ve ever used in my life,?EU? he told the New York Times in an interview this week. It?EU?s not their aesthetics he?EU?s drawn to, but the security built into the system that ensures no one is tapping his calls.

Unfortunately the president?EU?s love for security doesn?EU?t seem to extend to his smartphone, revealed in the same interview to be an ?EU?old, unsecured Android phone?EU?, which he carries around the White House ?EU?to the protests of some of his aides?EU?. This contradicts previous reports suggesting Trump traded his handset for a ?EU?secure, encrypted device approved by the Secret Service?EU?.

Android Central analyzed images of Trump using his phone and suggested he likely owns a Samsung Galaxy S3 [model pictured above], first released in 2012 -- a phone so old that it would no longer receive any new security updates or major software releases.

If Trump is still using this device, it represents a major security threat.

Perhaps the greatest risk, as highlighted by security expert Bruce Schneier, is possibility that the phone could be hacked and turned into an eavesdropping device, listening in on classified conversations.

?EU?That Android has a microphone, which means it can be turned into a room bug without anyone?EU?s knowledge. That?EU?s my real fear,?EU? said Schneier.

In order to turn Trump?EU?s phone into a bug, a malicious hacker could use a phishing attack by sending a link or attachment from a seemingly trusted source -- in an email or even a tweet. If Trump were to click on the link or attachment, his phone could become infected with malware that could record what he types, spy on the network the phone is connected to, track his location and start listening to his conversations via...

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