The hacking group Anonymous on Friday published a tweet with an attached screenshot explaining how to break into US President Donald Trump’s insecure smartphone.
Last year’s game-changing hacks of the Democratic National Committee and Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager John Podesta’s emails proved that US governing bodies are vulnerable to cyberattacks.
Trump, who is believed to have benefited the most from the leaks, earlier claimed that the reason the DNC was prone to hacking was the body’s “gross negligence” and lack of proper security.
However, the notorious Anonymous insists that the president may himself is easy target and that no special skills are required to hack into the old Android-based smartphone he refuses to give up, even after becoming president.
Using Stagefright, one can easily gain full access to devices running Android versions older than Android 5.0.1, and all you need to know to execute the malicious plan is the person’s phone number.
To run Stagefright on the victim’s phone, a hacker needs to send a specially crafted MMS message containing an.MP4 file. MMS files are automatically downloaded when an Android device is connected to the internet, and once the download is complete, the hacker will be able to execute harmful codes on the phone and compromise sensitive data. He can then delete the MMS without the victim noticing.
Anonymous has repeatedly tweeted against Trump and warned that it will be targeting him.