The US Department of Defense announced recently that it has approved the use of Samsung phones running a “hardened” version of Android. Android!! The smartphone operating system that has been the target of hackers since it’s inception! The same one that has been plagued with malware-laden applications from Google Play App Store!
What can DoD possibly be thinking?? Very possibly they’re not thinking at all; or they’d have stayed away, far away from Android phones. This purchase by the gigantic DoD will only cause the Android Target to be even larger and more attractive to cyber criminals, and possibly enemy nation-states. See Target: Mobile Devices, and Hackers Can Take Control Of Android Phones for more information.
According to an article by Naked Security.com, the use of smartphones by military personnel will be to keep the troops more connected. It’s my expectation that the military service personnel will be plagued by malware on infected phones. They’ll be connected alright…to cyber criminals who control the malware, and spies of enemy nation-states who will take control of the phones of strategic leaders in order to eavesdrop on the battle plans of the US military and possibly interfere with the communications and battlefield orders. Hello!, DoD!, Wake Up!!
Be very careful…it’s dangerous out there.
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