A prankster had fun with White House officials this week in a series of phishing emails that Anthony Scaramucci, Eric Trump and others appeared to believe were real.
Going by the handle @sinon_reborn on Twitter, the self-identified email prankster had an especially fiery back-and-forth with Scaramucci, who served as White House communications director for about 10 days, while he was posing as former chief of staff Reince Priebus. The prankster appears to be based in Manchester, England, according to his crowdfunding page.
— EMAIL PRANKSTER (@SINON_REBORN) August 1, 2017
The emails were confirmed as a “cyber-related issue” under investigation by the White House, according to the CNN report breaking the story.
This week on “Pat & Stu,” Stu Burguiere couldn’t believe such a bizarre story was mostly flying under the radar.
“Would this not have been a gigantic story at any other point in history?” he asked.
While the email exchanges were hilarious, they should be seen as a real security issue, because they illustrate how vulnerable the White House is to malicious hackers.
“The concern here is how susceptible these guys are to phishing scams,” Stu noted.