President-elect Donald Trump has expressed skepticism about the security of electronic communications, stating that no computer is safe from hacking.
Trump was speaking to reporters during his annual New Year’s Eve bash at his Mar-A-Lago golf resort in Palm Beach, Florida, addressing the multitude of reports of the alleged Russian election hacking.
Trump, who rarely uses email or computers, stated:
You know, if you have something really important, write it out and have it delivered by courier, the old-fashioned way. Because I’ll tell you what: No computer is safe.
The CIA and the FBI are both in agreement about pointing fingers at Russian state-sponsored hackers behind the hacking of the DNC. Russian hackers are accused of having done so in order to favor the election toward Trump.
To this, Trump expressed doubts about such claims from US law enforcement agencies, stating:
Well, I just want them to be sure because it’s a pretty serious charge, and I want them to be sure. And if you look at the weapons of mass destruction, that was a disaster, and they were wrong. And so I want them to be sure.
He pressed on, stating that he knew “a lot about hacking” while cryptically adding that he knew information about the hacks that others did not.
I think it’s unfair if they don’t know. And I know a lot about hacking. And hacking is a very hard thing to prove. So it could be somebody else. And I also know things that other people don’t know, and so they cannot be sure of the situation.
One reporter asked, “What do you know that other people don’t know?”. To this, Trump responded, “You’ll find out on Tuesday or Wednesday.”
Trump’s statements about the alleged Russian hacks come soon after President Obama announced new sanctions in retaliation to the hacking against Russia.
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