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Trump’s Son-in-Law, Jared Kushner’s Whatsapp Habits Worry Cyber Experts

Kushner's online communication habits, which put to risk the access and open avenues for exploitation of confidential information by foreign governments and hackers, have raised concerns among cyber security experts

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The staff is allowed to use other methods of communication only when mailing is inconvenient. But they are not allowed to share classified information and take screen shots. VOA

Ignoring national security concerns, Jared Kushner, son-in-law of US President Donald Trump, has been using WhatsApp to communicate with foreign leaders and conduct government businesses, which has been worrying cyber experts in the US.

“A source close to the Saudi royal court told CNN national security analyst Peter Bergen said Kushner has used WhatsApp to communicate with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman who allegedly ordered murder and dismemberment of the Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi,” CNN reported on Saturday.

Kushner’s online communication habits, which put to risk the access and open avenues for exploitation of confidential information by foreign governments and hackers, have raised concerns among cyber security experts, the report said.

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Kushner has used WhatsApp to communicate with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman who allegedly ordered murder and dismemberment of the Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Pixabay

Recently Kushner’s attorney, Abbe Lowell, confirmed that Kushner has been using the private messaging app to communicate with foreign leaders. However, he did not testify whether Kushner shared any classified information via the app.

“Kushner on his personal phone is using a free commercial service that is connected to a company with huge security breaches. It’s a recipe for disaster,” the report quoted Daniel Schuman as saying, a former White House staffer who chairs the Congressional Data Coalition, a non-profit organisation, which aims to encourage smarter tech practices in Congress.

In 2017, the White House counsel’s Office directed staff to conduct all work-related electronic communications on their official government email accounts, which are monitored for threats.

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Kushner’s online communication habits, which put to risk the access and open avenues for exploitation of confidential information by foreign governments and hackers, have raised concerns among cyber security experts, the report said. Wikimedia

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The staff is allowed to use other methods of communication only when mailing is inconvenient. But they are not allowed to share classified information and take screen shots.

An administration official said Kushner was aware of rules and complies. However, Lowell did not respond to an question whether Kushner follow basic cybersecurity practices, like keeping his operating system up-to-date, the report added.  (IANS)

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EaseMyTrip Announces Integration With WhatsApp to Book Flight Tickets

EaseMyTrip brings flight booking experience on WhatsApp

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) EaseMyTrip, domestic online travel company on Wednesday announced its integration on WhatsApp messenger to book flight tickets. Pixabay

EaseMyTrip, domestic online travel company on Wednesday announced its integration on WhatsApp messenger to book flight tickets.

The integration will allow customers to book flight tickets at competitive rates for their desired destination through WhatsApp itself.

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The collaboration of EaseMyTrip and WhatsApp is expected to bring about convenience to the customers. Wikimedia Commons

“As a part of our customer-centric approach, we have collaborated with Whatsapp-for-Business to come up with a technology solution in the form of EaseMyTrip Bot. This is especially convenient for customers who are on the move and short on time to explore multiple platforms in search of lowest fares & best deals,” Prashant Pitti, Whole-time Director, EaseMyTrip said in a statement.

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The collaboration is expected to bring about convenience to the customers, as they don’t even have to visit any website/app to book flight tickets; they just have to send a message on WhatsApp.

Moreover customer will keep receiving price drop or increase alert on their WhatsApp related to the flight they searched. (IANS)