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Russian officials dump iPads over spy fears
google hjosted news ^ | March 26, 2014

Posted on 03/26/2014 1:00:18 PM PDT by Jim Robinson

Moscow — 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."

"Some of the information at government meetings is confidential in nature and these devices fully meet these demands and have gone through the strictest system of certification."

Nikiforov denied that Russia was clamping down on US technology in response to Western sanctions imposed over its takeover of Ukraine's Crimea peninsula.

"We are not proposing any sanctions," he said. But he did mention reading reports that "American special services... will significantly increase the volume of information they intercept (which) of course causes serious concern to many governmental clients."

(Excerpt) Read more at google.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Russia
KEYWORDS: ipad; iphone; ispy; russia; trojanhorse
"Russia's then-president and now Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev visited Silicon Valley in 2010 and received an iPhone as a gift from the late Steve Jobs, using it to send his first tweet."

Looks like Jobs slipped in a Trojan Horse.

1 posted on 03/26/2014 1:00:18 PM PDT by Jim Robinson
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To: Jim Robinson

Like android is more secure?


2 posted on 03/26/2014 1:01:07 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The man who damns money has obtained it dishonorably; the man who respects it has earned it.")
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Wait till they get google glass.


3 posted on 03/26/2014 1:03:17 PM PDT by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!!)
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To: Jim Robinson

If people want to find info, nothing will stop them.


4 posted on 03/26/2014 1:04:54 PM PDT by MamaB
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To: Jim Robinson

Samsung is no safer than an iPad... But hey if they think so...


5 posted on 03/26/2014 1:05:39 PM PDT by Nifster
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To: Jim Robinson

Probably can’t get a signal in Moscow anyways.


6 posted on 03/26/2014 1:11:36 PM PDT by McGruff (They say the first casualty of war is truth)
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To: Jim Robinson

I guess they are going to have to develop a Yugo Pad.


7 posted on 03/26/2014 1:11:46 PM PDT by JimSEA
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To: MamaB

True, but no point in making it easy for them!


8 posted on 03/26/2014 1:11:56 PM PDT by null and void ( Everything evil in the world may not be Islamic but everything Islamic is evil.)
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To: Jim Robinson

If Russia is so great Why don’t they create their own?..............


9 posted on 03/26/2014 1:12:30 PM PDT by Red Badger (LIberal is an oxymoron......................)
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To: JimSEA

No, it would be a Putin Pad, AKA a P-Pad................


10 posted on 03/26/2014 1:13:07 PM PDT by Red Badger (LIberal is an oxymoron......................)
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To: MamaB
MamaB:" If people want to find info, nothing will stop them."

So , since the Snowden release regarding electronics , much of the Russian secret documentation went into typewriters,
and the they would now have to watch for the burning of typewriter ribbons to maintain their secrets .
Pretty soon they will progress to the 'Pony Express' system; another Progressive move "Foreward" !.. by moving backwards !

12 posted on 03/26/2014 1:23:57 PM PDT by Tilted Irish Kilt (Enlightened statesmen will not always be at the helm. -- James Madison)
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To: Jim Robinson

That won’t stop anything, especially when the US can have South Korea over a barrel.

Or about any other company.


13 posted on 03/26/2014 1:24:07 PM PDT by setha (It is past time for the United States to take back what the world took away.)
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To: McGruff
Probably can’t get a signal in Moscow anyways

Moscow is overflowing with Wi-Fi hotspots and cell service.

They never had the wired experience. Went directly to wireless.

FSB is all for it. Big telecom operations like Beeline are wired directly into Russian intel.

Just like here!

14 posted on 03/26/2014 1:24:25 PM PDT by Regulator
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To: null and void

I have had an iPad for years and it is a lot more secure than my desktop. I had trouble with hackers, viruses, etc on the desktop but nothing like that on my iPad but I do not know what kind of protection our computer expert put in place on it. I love my iPad but my daughter thinks I need to upgrade to a newer model. I do not want to change except for one thing. I can go to different sites and it will turn off on its own. Aggravating when I am in the middle of an email or whatever. I love the kindle feature and have over 250 books on it. One of my favorite authors is William W.Johnstone who wrote westerns and The Out of the Ashes series. If you like to read, check him out. Mamab


15 posted on 03/26/2014 1:24:37 PM PDT by MamaB
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To: Revolting cat!
iVan the terrible!


16 posted on 03/26/2014 1:24:39 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (The Texas judge's decision was to pave the way for same sex divorce for two Massachusetts women.)
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To: Jim Robinson

LOL ... if they were really concerned about security, they would definitely have an iPad and not a Samsung and it’s Google system.

It’s definitely more political than anything else — a successful “American company”? No way ... as far as the Russian official position!


17 posted on 03/26/2014 1:26:22 PM PDT by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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To: Tilted Irish Kilt

True. Our company does business with the Russians. My late husband worked with the cosmonauts years ago. Check out: www.aztechnology.com. My late husband had a dream years ago and started the company in our basement. Now, our daughter, her husband, son and daughter, friends are keeping it alive. My talents are not in that direction, sad to say.


18 posted on 03/26/2014 1:31:21 PM PDT by MamaB
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Isn’t Android open source?


19 posted on 03/26/2014 1:35:28 PM PDT by NaturalBornC1t1zen (Communist, muslim and homosexual. Hey lofo voters... you hit the trifecta with bambi.)
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To: MamaB; null and void; Jim Robinson

You got that right. It is a whole lot more secure because of the sandboxing of the apps. Furthermore, you cannot remotely install any apps, and you can only get your apps from one download place, which screen them for any illegal spying that anyone attempts to hide in them.


20 posted on 03/26/2014 1:36:02 PM PDT by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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To: NaturalBornC1t1zen
Isn’t Android open source?

Android is open—except for all the good parts

21 posted on 03/26/2014 1:40:30 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The man who damns money has obtained it dishonorably; the man who respects it has earned it.")
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To: Star Traveler

Exactly so. If anyone is interested, I can dig around and find the link to a really good white paper that discusses that aspect of Apple tablet and phone security, vs. that of the Android devices, in the context of mobile device management software. The short technical summary is that Apple is mo’ betta’.


22 posted on 03/26/2014 1:43:33 PM PDT by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: FreedomPoster

I would like it ... in order to keep it for future reference.


23 posted on 03/26/2014 2:52:42 PM PDT by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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To: Star Traveler

It looks like it has been updated - I’m glad we had this chat!

https://securosis.com/research/publication/defending-data-on-ios


24 posted on 03/26/2014 7:20:21 PM PDT by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: FreedomPoster

Thanks for looking that up. That’s good reference material.


25 posted on 03/26/2014 7:38:32 PM PDT by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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