Cybersecurity Disaster!

An ordinary phone that people commonly use everyday  and the same phone Rudy Guiliani locked himself out of.

via. Diego Gonzalez

An ordinary phone that people commonly use everyday and the same phone Rudy Guiliani locked himself out of.

Throughout Donald Trump’s presidency, there have been many turnovers in his appointed cabinet. One appointment that has lasted throughout Trump’s term is the cybersecurity advisor, (He’s also Trump’s lawyer) Rudy Giuliani. Originally, Rudy was the top contender of the Secretary of State position, but he was swept aside by ExxonMobil’s CEO. Giuliani was then appointed to the position of cybersecurity because of his experience in law enforcement. After being given the pay raise of a lifetime, Giuliani spent his newly earned fortune the way that any incredibly rich government employee would, he bought a new phone.

   Shortly after, Giuliani returned to the Apple store in which he had bought that shiny, new electronic toy; however, this time Rudy wasn’t coming for another toy. He was coming with a desperate plea for help. Giuliani had locked himself out of his iPhone after mistyping (or maybe he forgot it) the passcode ten times. Locking yourself out of your device because of a forgotten password is the most common technological mistake in the 21st century.

   Unfortunately, Giuliani is in charge of the entire nation’s cybersecurity, and what seems like a small issue for the public, is a disaster that will reflect on his reputation for the rest of his life. Rudy didn’t handle the situation very well, and shortly after, the FBI began questioning Giuliani’s knowledge of even the most fundamental cybersecurity procedures. E.J. Hilbert, an ex-FBI agent who specialized in cybercrime, reacted by saying, “There’s no way he should be going to a commercial location to ask for that assistance. E.J. wasn’t the only former member of the FBI that had something to say about Giuliani’s forgotten password, Micahel Anaya, another former agent said, “that’s crazy” when he heard about the incident. Anaya was more vocal about the fact that Giuliani put all of the personal information that was stored on his phone into the hands of a person who Giuliani had never met before.

   After the incident, Anaya created a movement for protocols to be put in place, so in the future, White House staff members are ready to help the United States’ cybersecurity adviser get into his phone, instead of an unknown Apple employee. Apple doesn’t have a history of hacking into the private information of government employees, but there have been weirder scandals. While the FBI agents were more concerned over the trust that Giuliani put in the Apple employees, the country should be more worried about the man who is in charge of the entire nation’s cybersecurity can’t even open his phone.