>> Chinese and Russian spies are listening in on US President Donald Trump's cell phone. That's according to a New York Times report on Wednesday. It cited current and former US officials who told the Times, that when Trump gossips with old friends and on unsecured line, Beijing uses what it learns to try and sway US policy.
The report says Trump's aides have repeatedly warned him that his cellphone calls are not secure, but he refuses to give up the phones. The White House did not immediately respond to Reuters' request for comment on the Times' reporting. Official sited in the report say, China has taken a meticulous approach to what it learns from the calls.
And uses them to find out what Trump thinks? Who he listens to? And how best to sway him? Those US officials are also cited as saying, Beijing is focused on using what it learns to prevent the US-China trade war from escalating further. And the Chinese officials rely on Chinese businessmen and other with ties to Beijing To feed arguments and views to Trump's friends in an attempt to try and influence him.
This year has seen alarms raised several times on cell phones surveillance in the Washington area. Emerged that department of home insecurity said in a letter to several Senators, it had spotted activity there similar to that of tools used to eavesdrop on mobile phones.