Amateur Hacks Trump’s Cyber-security “Expert”


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There is no debate that Russia interfered in the 2016 election. Congress has almost unanimously voted to sanction Russia for its cyberattacks on U.S. It seems apparant that even Trump now admits by signing the sanctions into law that Russia, under the direction of President Vladimir Putin hacked into U.S. computer systems to influence the U.S. presidential election.  This is only one example of the growing cyberrisks that the United States faces. Critical U.S. infrastructure, which includes oil and gas pipelines, is also vulnerable to cyberattacks.

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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 British man apparently posed as ex-Chief of Staff Reince Priebus in a series of heated exchanges with Scaramucci, according to emails shared by the hacker with CNN.

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.

 

Cyber experts say the incidents are illustrative of how vulnerable Americans remain to the potential threat of spear-phishing.  But spear-phishers often begin the process by falsely posing as a friend or associate before asking the victim to take further action.
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The most troublesome attack was directed at Tom Bossert.  The e-mail to him reported:

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.

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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?

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  1. I remember reading about this somewhere. Obviously – something like this could be incredibly scary – but in this case what can we do but laugh??

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  2. Malia, you have to find the image of the email. As a retired financial systems manager and auditor, It is THE most hilarious thing I ever saw. The news image has the Trump security expert and in the background the to and from line with bold print in the source data “suspected spam.” This guy ignored the basic security software that identifies suspicious senders. This is a powerful tool that sees and monitors the characteristics of each sender. The average user will delete or send it to spam and never open the message. BUT this is Trump’s guy, the best ever in cybersecurity.
    And Trump wonders why there are leaks……..

    Sidebar on a similar issue. The Defense Dept. ordered all drones from a major Chinese supplier to be grounded and dismantled. This company also supplies most of the recreational and commercial drones in the U.S.. The drones contain video, audio, and GPS software as part of their features. So best guess is that they also send data back to Chinese military intelligence agencies. (Youtube provider DAHBOO7 was my source on this one.)

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  3. This is too funny. And pathetic. And it is all the fault of wingnuts who could stop this non-sense today if they had any thoughts or love for America.

    Another pathetic note-another Fake Noize male employee was suspended for allegedly Anthony Wienering pics of his own wiener to female co-workers. Eric Bollings bosses must not be impressed with his credentials. Soon Fake Noize will only employ blondes and have wardrobe malfunctions yo drive ratings.

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  4. Congress was nearly unanimously agreed that Russia hacked the election and there are gazillions of Drumpf followers that still claim there is no evidence of a hack or collusion.

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    1. It was probably an oversight, easy to miss, what with the 7 months of golfing and tweeting-on-the-shitter he’s been doing. Maybe with HVAC technicians upgrading the “dump” were in on it (melania, that’s bullying Americas house, plus, its called being an ASSHOLE, with hungry mouths and homelessness running rampant globally)

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