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Russian Officials Dump iPads For Samsung Tablets Over Spy Fears 198

wiredmikey writes: "Russian government officials have swapped their iPads for Samsung tablets to ensure tighter security, the telecoms minister told news agencies on Wednesday. Journalists spotted that ministers at a cabinet meeting were no longer using Apple tablets, and minister Nikolai Nikiforov confirmed the changeover "took place not so long ago." He said the ministers' new Samsungs were "specially protected devices that can be used to work with confidential information." This isn't the first time Russian powers have had concerns over mobile. In August 2012, Russia unveiled a prototype tablet with its own "almost Android" mobile OS that has the remarkably familiar feel of an Android but with bolstered encryption. In an even more paranoid move, this past July a Russian state service in charge of safeguarding Kremlin communications was looking to purchase an array of old-fashioned typewriters to prevent leaks from computer hardware."
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Russian Officials Dump iPads For Samsung Tablets Over Spy Fears

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  • by Jeremiah Cornelius ( 137 ) on Thursday March 27, 2014 @01:24PM (#46594205) Homepage Journal

    What?! :-)

    You mean proven "hardware backdoor" [] Samsung?

    I don't know about Cook & Ives shuck and jive, since the passing of Jobs... But I'm pretty sure the iOS crypto flaws are lower risk than ANYTHING those gangsters make at Samsung. I won't let them land an icebox in my house!

  • Re:Typewriters? (Score:5, Informative)

    by timeOday ( 582209 ) on Thursday March 27, 2014 @02:52PM (#46594951)
    They already did something much more sophisticated than that in the 1970's. Operation GUNMAN []:

    The monograph reveals that beginning in 1976, the KGB successfully installed sophisticated miniaturized electronic eavesdropping equipment and burst transmitters inside 16 IBM Selectric typewriters used by the staffs of the Moscow embassy and Leningrad consulate, which copied everything being typed on the machines, then periodically broadcast their take to KGB engineers manning listening posts just outside.

    The KGB bugs were discovered eight years later in 1984 by a NSA operation codenamed Project GUNMAN

    Here is the NSA's own writeup []. Anybody who thinks the Russians are being "paranoid" is a real fool.

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