In another episode of Giuliani doing Giuliani things, Donald Trump’s personal attorney had to seek help from an Apple Store in downtown San Francisco to unlock his iPhone because he had forgotten his password. According to NBC News, this happened less than a month after Trump had named Giuliani to be his cybersecurity adviser back in 2017.
NBC News spoke with sources familiar with the matter who said Giuliani had locked himself out of his phone after repeatedly trying to enter a password he couldn’t remember. NBC News also acquired an internal Apple store memo documenting the incident. One former Apple employee who was there described Giuliani’s predicament as “very sloppy.”
“Trump had just named him as an informal adviser on cybersecurity and here, he couldn’t even master the fundamentals of securing your own device.”
Former FBI agent for cybercrime and terrorism, E.J. Hilbert, spoke with NBC News and said that the incident calls into question Giuliani’s understanding of basic security measures and suggests his electronic devices are vulnerable to hackers.
Former FBI supervisory special agent Michael Anaya noted that Giuliani, being a high-level administration official at the time, should not allow just any random person have access to his device.
“You’re trusting that person in the store not to look at other information that is beyond what you’re there to get assistance for,” Anaya told NBC News. “That’s a lot of trust you’re putting into an individual that you don’t know.”
“It’s unnerving to think that this individual has access to the most powerful person in the world and that sensitive communications could be disclosed to people who should not have access to them,” he added