Thursday, January 15, 2009

Obama gets a NSA approved "Blackberry"

Anyone else thinking Obama using a Blackberry is a bad idea? Apart from the whole WinCE thing inside, there's been precedent of getting in trouble over a phone call...

The first African-American president of the U.S.A. might want to learn a thing or two from the (first) Chechen Republic president Dzhokhar Dudayev, who was killed on the April 21, 1996, by two laser-guided missiles when he was using a satellite phone, after his location was detected by a Russian reconnaissance aircraft, which intercepted his phone call.

If they could detect speech patterns back in 1996 and stage such an attack, think of the things technology can do now...

Cryptography you say? I say inference attacks :-). And so on. Mobile phone insecurity is abysmal at best... I wonder what they'll do about 3rd party applications (probably not allowed) or stuff like Internet Explorer mobile, heh.

TEMPEST attacks is also something he might want to watch out for.

There's been precedent for this sort of thing :-). Like hacker group "anonymous" breaking into Sarah Palin's yahoo mail account.


Anonymous said...

to BlackBerry:
all the messages go over the servers of RIM in the usa.
i dont know any bigger company that use BlackBerrys in germany, because of the risk of industrial espionage.
to gsm:
gsm is going down the drain rapidly, from the 25c3 ccc congress in berlin: "gsm will not have another year" and this is was the scene is able to do...