The NSA wants automatic surveillance capabilities in telephone switches, that others could use it to intercept communications. Within 10 years this could render the US vulnerable to attacks from across the globe, as well as the militaries of other nations. Such threats are not theoretical: In April 2004 phones belonging to members of the Greek government, including the prime minister,
The underground hacker team "web-Hack" from Russia released a whitepaper with results of iPhone firmware research where they reverse-engineered embedded functions. They claim discovery of a built-in function which sends all data from an iPhone to a specified web-server. Contacts from a phonebook, SMS, recent calls, history of Safari browser - all your personal information - can be stolen. Researchers as
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