Despite being named Donald Trump’s cybersecurity expert in 2017, Rudy Giuliani is so clueless about tech, he had to go to the Apple Store genius bar for help unlocking his iPhone.
Leaked internal documents from Apple reveal that just a few weeks after being tapped as Trump’s top cyber guy, Giuliani waited in front of a San Francisco Apple store with a very pressing issue: he had forgotten his passcode and couldn’t unlock his iPhone.
Giuliani incorrectly entered his passcode 10 times and locked himself out of his iPhone. According to a former Apple store employee who was there, the entire fiasco was “very sloppy.” The genius bar worker had to erase Giuliani’s phone and set it up as a new with a remote backup. This means Giuliani uses iCloud, which means all of his backups that contain his texts and emails (some of which are probably confidential) are on Apple’s servers somewhere.
“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,” the ex-employee told NBC News.
Giuliani is no tech genius
Forgetting your passcode is a pretty common issue and normally wouldn’t be that big of a deal, especially for a guy who can’t even figure out how to wear AirPods. However, when you’re the President’s personal lawyer and an official adviser, the last place you should be seeking tech support is from a commercial location or store your backups on iCloud.
Former FBI cyber-security experts that talked to NBC News were shocked by Giuliani’s negligence. Even though he claims the device is his personal phone it’s very likely that his iPhone contains sensitive information making him a juicy target for foreign hackers.
Giuliani currently is a prime candidate to be interviewed in the Trump impeachment hearings. He recently had another tech gaffe where he butt-dialed a reporter’s voicemail. In the recordings, he can be heard ranting about the Bidens and talking about shady business in Bahrain saying he needs more cash.