Democratic Rep. to DHS: Lack of cybersecurity at Trump properties is 'critical'

Julie Spitzer - Print  | 

Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., expressed concerns about cybersecurity practices at properties owned by The Trump Organization in a June 26 letter to Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly.

Mr. Lieu cited a May Gizmodo report that found weakly-encrypted and open Wi-Fi networks at President Donald Trump's properties, such as his Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Fla., and the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J.

Mr. Lieu spotlighted one cybersecurity expert, who said "What you're describing is typical hotel security." However, Mr. Lieu contends "such lapses carry a host of implications for the President's personal security and the country's national security," since the President has visited these locations several times since taking office. President Trump has similarly invited foreign leaders to these properties, during which "sensitive diplomatic conversations took place," according to Mr. Lieu.

"Trump-owned commercial properties have been subject to cyberattacks in the past, and one can only assume such attacks have increased since Mr. Trump took office. When asked about these breaches, the White House reportedly declined to comment," Mr. Lieu wrote.

"Has Secret Service taken measures to ensure President Trump does not connect his personal mobile device to insecure networks while visiting his family’s properties?" he added.

Mr. Lieu concluded his letter by requesting Mr. Kelly respond to his cybersecurity concerns, which he called a "critical matter."

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