The White House has reportedly suffered yet another embarrassing episode, this time at the hands of an email prankster who posed as staff in order to solicit responses from officials including the newly ejected Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci.
The hacker, who goes by the Twitter handle @SINON_REBORN, also posed as President Donald Trump‘s son-in-law Jared Kushner and managed to gain the personal email address of a Homeland Security Adviser Tom Bossert.
“Tom, we are arranging a bit of a soirée towards the end of August,” the prankster said, reported CNN. “It would be great if you could make it, I promise food of at least comparible [sic] quality to that which we ate in Iraq. Should be a great evening.”
Bossert responded with this remark, including providing his private e-mail:
“Thanks, Jared,” Bossert replied. “With a promise like that, I can’t refuse. Also, if you ever need it, my personal email is [redacted].”
Bossert has years of experience working in federal government security. Bossert was praised by Trump as “an experienced and knowledgeable public servant. He was appointed as assistant to the president for homeland security and counterterrorism back in December. The position, within the National Security Council, has traditionally been held by the person first to brief the president when a terrorist attack has taken place.
Thomas P. “Tom” Bossert is currently serving President Donald Trump as Homeland Security Advisor. Bossert was made a Nonresident Zurich Cyber Risk Fellow at the Atlantic Council‘s Cyber Security Initiative, a position he held until 2016. He also became president of the risk management consulting firm Civil Defense Solutions.
On December 27, 2016, the Trump transition team announced that then President-elect Donald Trump intended to appoint Bossert to the post of Homeland Security Advisorand he officially assumed that position on Jan. 20, 2017.
Simply stated, Tom Bossert is in charge of the Trump administration’s cybersecurity efforts. If a prankster from Britian can convince the Trump “expert” on cybersecurity to give him a private e-mail address, how secure is our country?