White House babysitter John Kelly's personal cell phone was hacked, officials believe

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White House Chief of Staff John Kelly's personal cellphone was comprised as far back as last December, according to a report Thursday by Politico.

Citing at least three U.S. government officials, the report said that the phone may have been compromised in December, last year.

And he has claimed that he has seldom used the compromised personal phone since taking a job in the White House. It's unclear if anything was accessed on the device.

Tech support staff discovered the suspected breach after Kelly turned his phone in to White House tech support this summer complaining that it wasn't working or updating software properly.

He isn't the first president to have phone security issues.

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A White House spokesman said Kelly had not used the phone often since joining the administration, and that he used the government-issued phone for official communications.

The news comes during an internal probe into senior White House officials, including Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump, using their personal emails while engaging in government business.

Sam Kassoumeh, the CEO of SecurityScorecard, a security intelligence company, said that Android phones can carry the risk of being vulnerable to hackers, according to Wired. Prior to that, he served as the Trump administration's secretary of homeland security. The IT team found numerous functions of the phone not to be working and deemed it compromised.

Advisers Stephen Miller and Gary Cohn, as well as former officials Reince Priebus and Steve Bannon, were also reported to have used their personal email accounts for government correspondence.

Just after he was inaugurated as president, there were concerns that Donald Trump was still using his old, unsecured Samsung Galaxy S3 to send out tweets.

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