Frustrated current and former US officials warned that President Donald Trump's personal Apple iPhone is being monitored by Chinese spies, according to The New York Times.
Chinese spies are believed to have discovered who Trump regularly speaks to and was part of a wider lobbying effort to influence Trump's friends and business associates.
Trump reportedly has two iPhones that the National Security Agency programmed for official use, but he is known to keep a third, personal phone that remains unaltered.
One of the two official phones is designated for calls. The other one is for Twitter.
Frustrated current and former US officials warned that President Donald Trump's personal Apple iPhones is being monitored by Chinese spies, according to a New York Times report published Wednesday.
Trump reportedly has two iPhones that were programmed by the National Security Agency for official use, but he keeps a third, personal phone that remains unaltered — much like the normal iPhones on the consumer market, according to the officials.
Unlike the other government-managed phones, Trump uses the unaltered personal iPhone because of its ability to store contacts, The Times reported. One of the two official phones is designated for making calls, the other one is for Twitter.
The information Chinese spies have collected included who Trump regularly speaks to and why, The Times said, and was part of a wider lobbying effort to influence Trump's friends and business associates. US intelligence agencies discovered the espionage campaign from sources in foreign governments and communications from foreign officials.
Through its efforts, China reportedly identified Blackstone Group chief executive Stephen Schwarzman, who has ties to Beijing's Tsinghua University, and former Las Vegas casino mogul Steve Wynn as potential targets in an influence campaign to curb the ongoing trade war with China.
Photos of the week: 10/12 - 10/19
Photos of the week: 10/12 - 10/19
A demonstrator dressed as Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (C) with blood on his hands protests with others outside the Saudi Embassy in Washington, DC, on October 8, 2018, demanding justice for missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. - US President Donald Trump said October 10, 2018 he has talked to Saudi authorities 'at the highest level' to demand answers over what happened to missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Trump told reporters at the White House that he talked to the Saudi leadership 'more than once' since Khashoggi, a US resident and Washington Post contributor, vanished on October 2 after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. (Photo by Jim WATSON / AFP) (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
DUBBO, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 17: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex are greeted by five-year-old Luke Vincent as they arrive at Dubbo Airport on October 17, 2018 in Dubbo, Australia. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are on their official 16-day Autumn tour visiting cities in Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
A squirrel clambers on a tree at a park in autumn foliage in Almaty, Kazakhstan October 15, 2018. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Four-year-old Ramesha, eats from her pack of locally made food, as she sits on a tyre at a workshop in a neighbourhood in Karachi, Pakistan October 15, 2018. REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Santa School student Jerry Julian of Colorado Springs, Colorado sits in the coal pile Pere Marquette 1225 steam train contemplating which bad kids will receive a pice of coal for Christmas on October 19, 2018 in Owosso, Michigan. - The Charles W. Howard Santa Claus School was established in 1937. The school teaches the history of Saint Nicholas and Santa Claus, proper dress and use of make-up and singing, voice, and presentation skills during the three day course. (Photo by JEFF KOWALSKY / AFP) (Photo credit should read JEFF KOWALSKY/AFP/Getty Images)
MEXICO BEACH, FL - OCTOBER 17: Bela (L) and Jaques Sebastiao begin the process of cleaning up their home after after it was heavily damaged by Hurricane Michael, on October 17, 2018 in Mexico Beach, Florida. Michael slammed into the Florida Panhandle on October 10 as a Category 4 storm causing widespread damage and claiming as many as 29 lives. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, USA - OCTOBER 18: A man buys Mega Millions lottery tickets Mega Millions Lottery prize is estimated 970 million before the drawing in New York, United States on October 18, 2018. $970 million, becoming the largest jackpot in Mega Millions History. (Photo by Atilgan Ozdil/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
A Guatemalan firefighter carries an ailing baby, as an Honduran migrant caravan heading to the US, reaches the Guatemala-Mexico international bridge in Tecun Uman, Guatemala on October 19, 2018. - Honduran migrants who have made their way through Central America were gathering at Guatemala's northern border with Mexico on Friday, despite President Donald Trump's threat to deploy the military to stop them entering the United States. (Photo by ORLANDO SIERRA / AFP) (Photo credit should read ORLANDO SIERRA/AFP/Getty Images)
People look at hot air balloons decorating a plaza, during a tourism event in Qianxinan Buyei and Miao Autonomous Prefecture, Guizhou province, China October 14, 2018. Picture taken October 14, 2018. China Daily via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. CHINA OUT. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 17: U.S. President Donald Trump congratulates retired Marine Sgt. Major John L. Canley after presenting him the Medal of Honor during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House October 17, 2018 in Washington, DC. Previously awarded the Navy Cross, two Bronze Stars and the Purple Heart, Canley, 80, was awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroism during combat in the Battle of Hue during the 1968 Tet Offensive in Vietnam. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
A motorcycle drives in front of a stranded ship in the port hit by tsunami on the coastline in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia October 13, 2018. REUTERS/Jorge Silva TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
A cat is presented during 'the '3rd International Pursaklar Cat Beauty Fest', on October 14, 2018 in Ankara. (Photo by ADEM ALTAN / AFP) (Photo credit should read ADEM ALTAN/AFP/Getty Images)
A Palestinian man argues with an Israeli soldier during clashes over an Israeli order to shut down a Palestinian school near Nablus in the occupied West Bank October 15, 2018. REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
A member of the U.S. Border Patrol Tactical Unit (BORTAC) acknowledges family members after they illegally crossed the Rio Grande river into the United States from Mexico in Fronton, Texas, October 18, 2018. REUTERS/Adrees Latif TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
PORT SAINT JOE, FL - OCTOBER 14: Pastor Geoffrey Lentz walks through his sanctuary at the First United Methodist Church after it was gutted by the storm surge from Hurricane Michael on October 14, 2018 in Port Saint Joe, Florida. Hurricane Michael slammed into the Florida Panhandle on October 10, as a category 4 storm causing massive damage and claiming the lives of 17 people. (Photo by Mark Wallheiser/Getty Images)
ISTANBUL, TURKEY - OCTOBER 17: Turkish police arrive to investigate the Saudi Arabian consulate general residence as investigations continue into the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi on October 17, 2018 in Istanbul, Turkey. Turkish police first entered and searched the Saudi Arabian consulate on October 15 amid a growing international backlash about the disappearance. Khashoggi, a U.S. resident and critic of the Saudi regime, has been missing since visiting the Saudi Arabian consulate on October 2. Turkish officials have said they believe he was killed inside. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 18: Damien Hirst Looking For Sharks is seen as part of Sculpture By The Sea at Tamarama Beach on October 19, 2018 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meets with the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman during his visits in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, October 16, 2018. REUTERS/Leah Millis/Pool
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 18: Students at Bryant Elementary School take cover under their desks during an earthquake drill as part of the Great ShakeOut event on October 18, 2018 in San Francisco, California. Millions of people around the world participated in Great ShakeOut Earthquake drills to practice how to drop, cover and hold on in the event of an earthquake. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley speaks at the 73rd Annual Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner in New York City, New York, October 18, 2018. REUTERS/Mike Segar TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Bhanu, an Asiatic lion, rolls in leaves scented with cardamom, cinnamon and clove in his enclosure at London Zoo, London, Britain, October 18, 2018. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Honduran children fleeing poverty and violence hitchhike as they move in a caravan toward the United States, in Santa Rosa de Copan, Honduras October 14, 2018. REUTERS/ Jorge Cabrera TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
A man smokes a bong and a cigarette on the day Canada legalizes recreational marijuana at Trinity Bellwoods Park, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, October 17, 2018. REUTERS/Carlos Osorio TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
A Honduran child, traveling with a caravan of Honduran migrants trying to reach the U.S., stands in front of Honduran police officers blocking the street, in Agua Caliente, Honduras October 17, 2018. REUTERS/Jorge Cabrera TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, meets Daphne Dunne during a visit at the Sydney Opera House in Sydney, Australia, October 16, 2018. Paul Edwards/Pool via REUTERS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 15: Jennifer Lopez (L) and Lady Gaga speak onstage during ELLE's 25th Annual Women In Hollywood Celebration presented by L'Oreal Paris, Hearts On Fire and CALVIN KLEIN at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on October 15, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for ELLE Magazine)
TOPSHOT - A devotee of the Loem Hu Thai Su shrine parades with two wrenches pierced through his cheek during the annual Vegetarian Festival in Phuket on October 12, 2018. - The festival begins on the first evening of the ninth lunar month and lasts for nine days, with many religious devotees slashing themselves with swords, piercing their cheeks with sharp objects and committing other painful acts to purify themselves, taking on the sins of the community. (Photo by Jewel SAMAD / AFP) (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
This aerial picture taken on October 15, 2018 shows the 'Pointe du Hoc', a clifftop in Cricqueville-en-Bessin, on the French western Norman coast. - The Pointe du Hoc was one of the strongholds in the German fortifications and was taken by force on the morning of June 6, 1944 by US Colonel Rudders Rangers, during the Normandy beach landings at the end of WWII. (Photo by DAMIEN MEYER / AFP) (Photo credit should read DAMIEN MEYER/AFP/Getty Images)
U.S. President Donald Trump rallies with supporters at Missoula International Airport in Missoula, Montana, U.S. October 18, 2018. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
SUNLAND PARK, NM - OCTOBER 13: Iliana Nieves (L) hugs family members after she was briefly reunited with her mother on the other side of the wall at the Hugs Not Walls event on the U.S.-Mexico border on October 13, 2018 in Sunland Park, New Mexico. Nieves had not seen her mother in fifteen years. More than 200 families with mixed immigration status living in the U.S. were allowed to reunify with relatives in Mexico for three minutes after Border Patrol briefly opened the border wall to allow the reunions. The event is approved by the U.S. government as families keep their feet on their respective sides of the border. The event is normally held in downtown El Paso but was moved to New Mexico due to new construction of an 18-foot border wall in El Paso. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
ASTORGA, SPAIN - OCTOBER 13: An historical re-enactor takes part in a re-enactment of a Napoleonic battle against allied army on October 13, 2018 in Astorga, Leon region, Spain. Around 1000 re-enactors will take part throughout the weekend in the 'Three Nations in Astorga' historical re-enactment, which commemorates the 210th anniversary of the arrival of Napoleon Bonaparte to Astorga during the 'Guerra de la Independencia Española' (Spanish War of Independence) or (Peninsular War). The Spanish army led by Marquis of La Romana and the British army led by sir John Moore lost the battle against the French army and Napoleon allowed them to retire and leave Astorga. (Photo by Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images)
GUATEMALA CITY, GUATEMALA - OCTOBER 18: A caravan of immigrants departs the Guatemalan capital city at dawn en route to the Mexican border on October 18, 2018 in Guatemala City, Guatemala. The caravan of thousands of Central Americans, most from Honduras, is passing through Guatemala with plans to enter Mexico in route to the United States. U.S. President Donald Trump has threatened to cancel the recent trade deal with Mexico and withhold aid to Central American countries if the caravan isn't stopped before reaching the U.S. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
TOKYO, JAPAN - OCTOBER 17: An employee looks at Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd.'s Kaleido humanoid robot before a demonstration during the World Robot Expo held as part of the World Robot Summit on October 17, 2018 in Tokyo, Japan. The World Robot Summit (WRS) runs from October 17 - October 21 and consists of two parts: The 'World Robot Challenge' (WRC), a competition in which teams from around the world face nine challenges in four categories (Industrial Robotics, Service Robotics, Disaster Robotics, and Junior); and the 'World Robot Expo' (WRE), which features advanced robots and robotic technologies and provides a glimpse of robots working in the present and in the future. (Photo by Tomohiro Ohsumi/Getty Images)
A man stands on a boat as autumn foliage is reflected off Loch Faskally, in Perthshire, Scotland, Britain, October 19, 2018. REUTERS/Russell Cheyne TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Lightning streaks are seen during a storm over the Auberge de Castille, the office of the Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, in Valletta, Malta October 19, 2018. REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Britain's Prince Harry and wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex are welcomed by Australia's Governor General Peter Cosgrove and his wife Lynne Cosgrove at Admiralty House during their visit in Sydney, Australia October 16, 2018. REUTERS/Phil Noble/Pool TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
MotoGP - Japanese Grand Prix - Twin Ring Motegi circuit, Motegi, Japan - October 18, 2018 Angel Nieto Team's Alvaro Bautista (front) and other MotoGP riders ride mini electric bikes at a fan event. REUTERS/Toru Hanai
HAIFA, ISRAEL - OCTOBER 14: Holocaust survivor Tova Ringer (C), 93, celebrates after winning the annual Holocaust Survivors beauty pageant on October 14, 2018 in Haifa, Israel. The pageant was started in 2012 for women who survived the Holocaust. (Photo by Amir Levy/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 19: (L-R) Terri Irwin, Robert Irwin and Bindi Irwin attend as Animal Planet celebrates “Crikey! It’s the Irwins' on October 19, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Monica Schipper/Getty Images for Discovery, Inc.)
Sun Chao rides on a dragon-shaped bicycle he made with ice-cream sticks, in Tieling, Liaoning province, China October 15, 2018. Picture taken October 15, 2018. REUTERS/Stringer ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. CHINA OUT. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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China's plan included targeting and encouraging Trump's associates to persuade the president to formally meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping, one official said to The Times.
Despite the security compromise, current and former officials reportedly cited Trump's unfamiliarity in matters of intelligence and said they believe he was not divulging sensitive information through his personal phone.
The White House's communication methods have long been scrutinized by people familiar with the situation. Much to the chagrin of the officials, Trump is believed to quietly make calls to current and former aides. Separately, the White House chief of staff John Kelly's phone was reportedly compromised for months in 2017.