Devin Nunes, Chairman of the US House Intelligence Committee in the US House of Representatives, had some disturbing news for Australians. Nunes, speaking to reporters before the Australian American Leadership Dialogue in Melbourne, warned All Australian mobile phones at risk of foreign hacking.
According to Nunes, the Australian and also global networks of communication are vulnerable at all times and all places. But for some reason he chose to warn the Australians. Nunes was speaking in the wake of what is considered to be one of the biggest hacks to public database in the US. Where social security numbers, family details, personal histories and even passwords and finger prints had been stolen from US personnel files containing the results of security background checks for 21.5 million people.
"I am the House intelligence chairman," said Mr Nunes, "I'm just telling you that I assume that my email and my phone calls are being listened to." Asked if everyone was vulnerable, at all times, Mr Nunes said: "Yes. My phone literally is vulnerable."