Government developing tech to check info leakage from mobile phones of officials

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The government is in the process of creating technology to remove chances of communication leakage from mobile phones of officials, an official from the Ministry of Electronics and IT has said.

The official from the Ministry of Electronics further added, “Gadgets have become a source from where chances of espionage have increased. Mobile phones are most vulnerable and even set-top-boxes can be compromised. For mobiles, the government is developing a solution to prevent unauthorized access to communications of government officials”.

He also said that in Hyderabad, the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing has been working on the technology & expects to complete the project soon.

In November 2015, Cyber security researchers at Indian Infosec Consortium came up with a report saying Army personnel phones who had downloaded some news application on their mobiles had been compromised by Pakistan-based hackers.

According to the sources “The problem is India does not have its operating system. Therefore, there are apprehensions that mobile communication may be getting leaked. There have been several cases as well where hackers have taken control over phone to access communication of officers”.

Elaborating more on this, the MEITY official said that the technology will work like a layer between mobile phone’s operating system and communication of officials.

The official further added, “The technology is being developed keeping in mind need of critical communications of security personnel. It will be largely limited to a government officer. There has been no thinking on opening it for general masses as of now”.

As per him, the motive of the technology is to check unauthorized access of microphone, SMS, storage and the like of a mobile phone by applications installed in it.

The official also added that, “Most of the applications seek permission to access microphone, call record, SMS etc in a mobile phone. Users often fail to download a mobile application when they deny permit to access microphone etc. The new technology will prevent such downloaded application on the phone from accessing security sensitive parts of a mobile phone”.

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Himani Sharma, From ITvoir News Desk

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