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Magda Skrzypek
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Prague-based media development worker from Poland with a journalistic background. Previously worked on digital issues in Brussels. Piqs about digital issues, digital rights, data protection, new trends in journalism and anything else that grabs my attention.

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Wednesday, 17 May 2017

It's A Piece Of Cake To Hack Mar-a-Lago

Within the first 100 days of his presidency, Trump was reported to have spent half of his presidential weekends at his Florida resort, Mar-a-Lago. CBS News estimated that it costs more than $3 million each time Trump heads to the so-called “Winter White House”. 

Undoubtedly, his trips cost American taxpayers big time, but there is also some other issue at stake. As Gizmodo reports, it is alarmingly easy to breach or bypass internet security at Mar-a-Lago.

"We parked a 17-foot motor boat in a lagoon about 800 feet from the back lawn of The Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach and pointed a 2-foot wireless antenna that resembled a potato gun toward the club. Within a minute, we spotted three weakly encrypted Wi-Fi networks. We could have hacked them in less than five minutes, but we refrained," reads the article.

The lax security makes the resort an easy target for hackers, who could snoop around, at best, or steal data, at worse. According to Gizmodo, "Sophisticated attackers could take advantage of vulnerabilities in the Wi-Fi networks to take over devices like computers or smart phones and use them to record conversations involving anyone on the premises."

With the increasing amount of political hacks, including the hack into Democrats' emails and the hack of Emmanuel Macron's campaign, the information revealed by Gizmodo is truly troubling. But who knows? Maybe Trump will just go on revealing classified information on his own, just as he is said to have done with the Russians, and at some point there will be no more sensitive information to protect anyway.

It's A Piece Of Cake To Hack Mar-a-Lago
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