John Kelly's phone was reportedly compromised for months

John Kelly's phone was reportedly compromised for months

The breach was discovered this summer when Kelly gave his personal phone to White House IT staff because it was not functioning properly, unnamed government sources told Politico on Thursday. A spokesperson said Kelly uses his government phone for official communications.

White House officials told Politico it's still unclear when or where Kelly's phone was hacked and what if any data swiped.

Kelly, a retired Marine Corps general, has sought to impose order on the day-to-day operations at the White House.

It is possible the phone was breached as far back as December, according to the report.

While it isn't confirmed what phone Kelly was using that had been breached by the state-sponsored hackers, Kelly has been seen using iPhone on several occasions.

The revelation has raised concerns, even within the White House, that malicious hackers or state-backed ones may have been able to eavesdrop on Kelly's cell phone usage and may have listened in to his conversations and read his emails, documents, and texts.

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According to the September memo, White House staffer analyzed the phone over several days to determine why it was inoperable - and numerous phone's functions were not working.

A spokesman for the White House was not immediately available for comment.

"The [attackers] I would be most anxious about are nation-states or other actors who may have access to resale of commercial spyware sold to nation-states", Bill Marczak, Citizen Lab senior research fellow told Politico. "The average user won't notice anything at all".

Advisers Stephen Miller and Gary Cohn, as well as former officials Reince Priebus and Steve Bannon, were also reported to have used their personal email accounts for government correspondence.

Trump's own cell phone use came under scrutiny during the campaign and in the early days of his administration, as he reportedly used a Samsung device running an Android operating system that was unsecured.

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