A US secret agent agent inserted a USB drive infected with malware in his laptop after the device was confiscated from a Chinese woman who was arrested at the end of last month after attempting to enter Mardo Lago to Donald Trump resort.
Agent Samuel Ivanovich testified in court on Monday that he had placed the flash drive in his computer and he started installing files in a "very unusual" way. He quickly stopped his analysis of the drive, reports Miami Herald.
A woman, Yujing Zhang, was found to be carrying a USB malicious malware on it, four mobile phones, a laptop, and a hard drive when she was arrested at Palm Beach Resort Trump, law enforcement officials said. It is still not clear what kind of malware Zhang had on a USB drive.
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Police officers also said they had detected a signal, which was used to detect hidden cameras, $ 8,000 in cash, nine USB drives, and SIM cards.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo suggested on Monday that Zhang could be a Chinese spy.
Cybersecurity experts criticized Ivanovich's move, suggesting that the USB drive could carry a dangerous virus to a government device.
"As a taxpayer, I'm very worried about where there is an agent of Ivanovich's laptop and where he was plugged into a malicious USB device." tweeted Jake Williams, an expert on cybersecurity and former hackers of the national security agency.
Eric Geller, a cyber security reporter at Politico, wrote a tweet : "It is very worrying that Secret Service agents are not better prepared than this."