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Alex Brandon / AP

Trump's Mar-a-Lago Club is vulnerable to hackers, ProPublica and Gizmodo report. What they found, by driving around in a motor boat and pointing an antenna at the club: three poorly encrypted Wi-Fi networks, which they said they could have hacked in five minutes (but didn't).

What it means: Hackers could take over devices like smart phones because of these gaps in security and listen in on — and record — conversations on the property.

Why it matters: POTUS frequents Mar-a-Lago and so do foreign leaders (Trump has hosted Chinese President Xi Jinping and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe), and he has held sensitive meetings on the property.

Other vulnerabilities: At Trump National Golf Club in New Jersey, ProPublica found two open Wi-Fi networks that anyone could join without a password. At Trump International Hotel in D.C. and a golf club in Virginia the team found open Wi-Fi networks, wireless printers without passwords, servers with outdated and vulnerable software, and unencrypted login pages containing sensitive information.

A Trump Organization spokeswoman said they are confident in the steps they've taken to protect the business. The White House didn't respond to requests for comment.

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Driving the news: Sarkozy, who was president from 2007 to 2012, is the first president in France’s modern history to have gone on trial for corruption, per AP. He was charged with corruption and influence-peddling.

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