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

Hans-Christoph Steiner hans at guardianproject.info
Fri Jan 13 10:15:37 EST 2012

Nevermind, nothing to see here... oh look, shiny thing!

"India Mobile Handset Backdoor Memo Probably a Fake"


On Jan 9, 2012, at 12:02 PM, Hans-Christoph Steiner wrote:

> I should add, the evidence is not very strong, but its interesting news.
> .hc
> On Jan 8, 2012, at 10:24 PM, Hans-Christoph Steiner wrote:
>> http://apple.slashdot.org/story/12/01/08/069204/leaked-memo-says-apple-provides-backdoor-to-governments
>> "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
>> X?"
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