Senior White House members fooled by email prankster – CNET

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An impostor from the UK masqueraded as White House officials and tricked senior members, including Anthony Scaramucci, into communicating with him.

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It’s another day of drama in President Donald Trump‘s US and another gap in cybersecurity.

An “email prankster” from the UK tricked senior White House officials into engaging in sensitive exchanges by masquerading as members of the Trump team, reported CNN. Victims of the deception included Eric Trump, Homeland Security Adviser Tom Bossert and former White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci, or “the Mooch,” who got booted from the role just 10 days after he took the job.

In one incident described by CNN, Bossert, convinced that the “prankster” was indeed Jared Kushner, included his private email address.

The impostor also pretended to be former White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and wrote to Scaramucci the day after Priebus was given the sack. The Mooch, believing he was talking to the real Priebus, responded — twice. He also replied to an email sent by the impostor posing as Ambassador to Russia-designate Jon Huntsman.

Acknowledging the breach, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said, “We take all cyber-related issues very seriously and are looking into these incidents further.”

We’re not sure if what’s going on has reached Trump’s ears, but the president is certainly in a good mood, tweeting that it’s a “great day” at the White House.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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