[guardian-dev] "RIM, Nokia, Apple provide backdoors to Indian gov't"

Hans-Christoph Steiner hans at guardianproject.info
Sun Jan 8 22:24:09 EST 2012


"In a tweet early this morning, cybersecurity researcher Christopher
Soghoian pointed to an internal memo of India's Military Intelligence
that has been liberated by hackers and posted on the Net. The memo
suggests that, "in exchange for the Indian market presence" mobile
device manufacturers, including RIM, Nokia, and Apple (collectively
defined in the document as "RINOA") have agreed to provide backdoor
access on their devices. The Indian government then "utilized backdoors
provided by RINOA" to intercept internal emails of the U.S.-China
Economic and Security Review Commission, a U.S. government body with a
mandate to monitor, investigate and report to Congress on 'the national
security implications of the bilateral trade and economic relationship'
between the U.S. and China. Manan Kakkar, an Indian blogger for ZDNet,
has also picked up the story and writes that it may be the fruits of an
earlier hack of Symantec. If Apple is providing governments with a
backdoor to iOS, can we assume that they have also done so with Mac OS

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