Apple Accused Of Secretly Providing iOS Access To Indian Military

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Censorship and monitoring the content and captivities of electronic gadgets like cell-phones and cameras is not new in Asian and African countries. Time and again, governments of such countries have demanded monitoring control over technology. Recently, Indonesian government threatened to ban Blackberry if it was not allowed the monitoring control over it. Now similar sort of monitoring is going on in India, if a recent news is to be believed.

ZDNet, a technology blog in India, has published a report, claiming that Apple, along with both RIM and Nokia, has built in backdoor iOS access for the Indian Military that leaves leaving text messages, voice calls, and data trails completely exposed. With the memories of CarrierIQ scandal not forgotten, this news is likely to have a negative impact on Apple’s reputation. Now critics of Apple are likely to accuse Apple of not respecting the privacy of their costumers.

A few days ago, a news did rounds that Symantec, the makers of Norton AntiVirus and other security software, had been hacked. Later it turned out, the group responsible for the attack, the Lords of Dharamraja, had used the knowledge to infiltrate a wide array of highly-classified targets, including Indian Military Intelligence servers. Later, the group started publishing data that it uncovered from the breach, and one of the documents adds authenticity to this report.

Military Documents

ZDNet’s Manan Kakkar explained:

“Earlier today I came across scans of a set of documents that are internal communications between the Indian Military. The documents claim the existence of a system known as RINOA SUR. While I did not find what SUR stands for, RINOA is RIM, Nokia, and Apple. And this is where things start to get very interesting. According to the set of documents, the RINOA SUR platform was used to spy on the USCC — the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission.”

According to Kakkar’s report, it sounds as though Apple agreed to give the Indian Military access to its communications in exchange for presence in Indian Market.

As far as law is concerned, such form spying on the USCC is not right. We are sure that Pro-privacy advocates are not going to let this incident go.

Source: iDownload Blog

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