Digital security at Mar-a-Lago raising several concerns
PALM BEACH, Fla. (CBS12) —
A new report from Gizmodo says any half-decent hacker can break into Mar-a-Lago’s WiFi network and take over connected devices.
Those devices could ones be used by the president or foreign dignitaries who are connected to the WiFi.
Hundreds of yard away from Mar-a-Lago, CBS12 was able to pick up its WiFi signal. The powerful WiFi may be great for browsing the internet, but potentially dangerous if taken over by hackers.
CBS12 investigated and discovered two WiFi signals emerging from Mar-a-Lago. One was protected with WPA encryption, the other WEP. The latter is notoriously weak. If the networks were compromised, hackers could control any device connected to the WiFi and its information.
“That means somebody can hack into the system, infiltrate the system and they can turn on your phone,” said web expert Craig Agranoff.
He says any phone connected to WiFi could even be turned into a listening device!
“Maybe [President Trump] is talking to the head of the CIA via that phone, maybe he is sending or receiving sensitive information about where our troops are,” Agranoff said.
The Commander in Chief may be connecting to a secure presidential WiFi connection, but maybe someone in his party didn't or isn't allowed.
“You run into the problem that he's having foreign dignitaries there, he's having important people there,” Agranoff said.
It's not just phones that can be compromised, fax machines, computers and even security cameras can be taken over if connected to WiFi.
“What if you are sending stuff from your computer to the printer and it's state secrets, but somebody is also watching as it’s going there because there's no password on it that's a big problem,” Agranoff said.
The Gizmodo report says Mar-A-Lago was one of several East Coast Trump properties that had weak or no encryption at all.
“It worries me, it should worry you," Agronoff said. "I am hoping we are doing something to prevent anything from happening."