The Cybersecurity 202: Trump associates may need a lesson on how to use their encrypted apps


Michael Cohen, President Trump’s personal attorney, leaves federal court in New York on April 26. (Mary Altaffer/AP)

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For the second time this month, federal prosecutors say they’ve obtained a trove of encrypted messages from one of President Trump’s former top associates. 

The relative ease with which investigators appear to have accessed the messages of Trump’s longtime personal lawyer Michael Cohen highlights an often overlooked reality: encrypted apps like Signal and WhatsApp are only as secure as users choose to make them. 

That’s becoming increasingly clear as Robert Mueller’s investigation of Trumpworld’s possible connections to Russia has ensnared Cohen (via a referral to the New York FBI) and former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, now in jail for alleged witness tampering in his fraud and money laundering case. 

Prosecutors in New York revealed Friday that they got their hands on more than 700 pages of WhatsApp

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