Sen. Lindsey Graham's Phone Under Investigation for Possible Hack

Growing digital threats target U.S. lawmakers' communication tools.

by Nouman Rasool
Sen. Lindsey Graham's Phone Under Investigation for Possible Hack
© Andrew Harnik/Getty Images

In a startling revelation at The Hill and Valley Forum, Senator Lindsey Graham disclosed that his phone is currently in the hands of the FBI following a suspicious incident involving a fraudulent message purportedly from Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer.

The South Carolina Republican expressed his bewilderment during a panel on artificial intelligence regulations, highlighting the vulnerability of digital communications to sophisticated hacks. "I received what I believed was a message from Schumer, but it turned out not to be," Graham recounted, his statement trailing into uncertainty about the security of his device.

"Suddenly, I found myself wondering, what else could be compromised?" A spokesman for Graham, Taylor Reidy, said the senator's office may have been hacked by the Sergeant at Arms. Graham's office has not stated if the communication was a call or text and the model of the phone that was used.

Lawmaker Device Vulnerabilities

The incident underlines growing concerns over the security of lawmakers' digital devices. Earlier this year, the Treasury Department took action against a company known for developing software capable of converting phones into surveillance tools.

This software reportedly targeted other lawmakers, including Rep. Michael McCaul and Sen. John Hoeven, an alarming development documented by Amnesty International. Additionally, the specter of digital vulnerability was further highlighted last year when a data breach involving health insurance information of Congress members led to personal details surfacing on a hacker website.

The FBI, maintaining its policy, has not commented directly on the situation and deferred all inquiries back to Senator Graham's office. Equally, no comment was coming from the U.S. Capitol Police or Schumer's office regarding the incident.

As digital security rises to become an even more critical concern, the fact that this is the second time that this has happened with a sitting U.S. senator is really a wake-up call for the challenges and dangers that our government officials face in our increasingly digitally connected world.