It has been reported that hackers have managed to penetrate the accounts of top staff members of the new Trump regime and steal the passwords that the officials use on various sites.
A report by Channel 4, which is said to have been compiled following a long investigation, reveals that hackers have managed to access the account details of Rudy Giuliani and other top officials of the new Trump organisation.
Rudy Giuliani, the former New York mayor, is supposed to take the position of the cyber security tsar in the new administration.
‘The passwords of Rudy Giuliani and other 13 top officials of the new administration have been hacked and leaked,’ the report stated in part.
Giuliani is expected to play a key role in shaping the cyber security policy of the new administration. Earlier, he announced on a TV morning show that he was prepared to take the position. Although it was not clear what role he was set to play, a statement released by the Trump team indicated that as the leading advisor on cyber security issues, Mr Giuliani was expected to play a leading role in advising the new president about new cyber security threats and how to handle them.
Interior secretary, Ryan Zinke, press secretary, Sean Spicer, labour secretary, Andy Putzer and the director of the national trade council, Peter Navarro are among the additional 13 top officials who lost their passwords in the massive hacks.
The incident has led to widespread indignation within the cyber security circles with many experts questioning how it happened that leading government officials can fall prey to such a scheme.
Details have emerged that some of the passwords that were hacked are from accounts that have been dormant for a long time.
According to Lee Munson, a top cybersecurity researcher at Comparitech.com, it is abnormal for to government officials to leave accounts that they do not need lying dormant for a long time.
‘It is a big security mistake for government officials or any other person to let accounts that they do not need to remain active for a long time,’ he said.
It has also been pointed out that many of the officials who lost their passwords were sharing the passwords for various sites. Given that many experts have repeatedly warned against the practice of using a single set of login details on multiple sites, it remains unclear how top government officials failed to take this simple security measure into consideration.