Passwords used by Donald Trump’s incoming cyber security advisor Rudy Giuliani and 13 other top staff members have been leaked in mass hacks, a Channel 4 News investigation can reveal.
Passwords are publicly available for key members of Trump’s cabinet, White House policy directors and aides and some of his most senior advisors, this programme has discovered.
Digital security issues – including allegations of Russian hacking to try to influence the outcome of the US presidential elections – have dominated the headlines as Trump’s team prepares to take command of the world’s most powerful country.
The appointment of Giuliani, the former mayor of New York City, has been criticised by people in the cyber security community, who have highlighted exploitable security flaws on his own website.
But Giuliani says he has given “over 300 speeches” on digital security, and told Fox News earlier this month: “American corporations and the American government is not paying attention to ubiquitous hacking that is now going on.”
Lt Gen Michael Flynn has also been hacked in the past – and Channel 4 News has seen a number of passwords used by the former military intelligence officer.
He will become President Trump’s national security advisor from Friday; a crucial role stationed inside the White House itself and reporting directly to Trump.
From Channel 4