It appears you have not yet registered with our community. To register please click here...

 
Go Back [M] > Madshrimps > WebNews
NSA helped build Android source code NSA helped build Android source code
Register FAQ Members List Calendar Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read


NSA helped build Android source code
Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 12th July 2013, 07:12   #1
[M] Reviewer
 
Stefan Mileschin's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Romania
Posts: 45,515
Stefan Mileschin Freshly Registered
Default NSA helped build Android source code

Google’s Android might be about to suffer behind the bamboo curtain after it was revealed US spooks at the NSA gave the company a hand with the code.

According to Quartz, the source code that Google used was contributed by the secretive National Security Agency. This means that each phone could come with its own special link to US espionage, and might explain why China is still not that happy with Google.

So while the US is busy banning Chinese phone companies because they might have links with Chinese intelligence, it appears that Google really does have NSA code under its bonnet.

An NSA researcher told Bloomberg Businessweek that Security Enhancements for Android is one of several projects the US spy agency contributes to open-source operating platforms.

The idea of the code was to raise the bar in the security of commodity mobile devices. It is supposed to be providing anti-hacking protection. After the Snowden disclosures you can understand why there are worries it may contain something toxic.

Snowden revealed that the US agency hacked millions of Chinese SMS messages and is working closely with American technology firms. It might be the reason that so many local Chinese firms like Baidu, Huawei, and Alibaba are rushing to develop their own operating systems or at least an independent variant of Android. It might take a few years, but it does suggest that in the long term, Android is toast in the country.

There is also another implication. If the NSA provided code, does that mean that it could be sniffing phones as well, regardless of 'friendly' or 'hostile' nation?

Snowden revealed how the NSA had no problem bugging EU communications as part of its spy operations.

Combining Android's popularity with generic smartphone features like two cameras, a microphone, and communication apps, Android could be a particularly useful tool for US spooks to snuffle data, everywhere.

http://news.techeye.net/mobile/nsa-h...id-source-code
Stefan Mileschin is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Google APK source code offers glimpse of possible Android game framework Stefan Mileschin WebNews 0 19th April 2013 07:49
HTC delivers source code for the One and Droid DNA Stefan Mileschin WebNews 0 11th April 2013 06:51
Tizen 2.0 Magnolia SDK and source code released Stefan Mileschin WebNews 0 21st February 2013 08:46
NVIDIA Posts Open Source 2D Driver Code Stefan Mileschin WebNews 0 27th November 2012 07:12
Doom 3 source code review geoffrey WebNews 0 10th June 2012 13:31
HTC One X spills its source code, but only for the quad-core half Stefan Mileschin WebNews 0 8th May 2012 06:34
Man Steals NY Federal Reserve Bank Source Code Stefan Mileschin WebNews 0 20th January 2012 08:43
Hackers steal Symantec source code Stefan Mileschin WebNews 1 6th January 2012 16:57
Eve Online Source Code Leaked jmke WebNews 0 15th April 2008 17:26
Quake III Source Code to Be Released jmke WebNews 0 13th August 2005 16:27

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off


All times are GMT +1. The time now is 03:24.


Powered by vBulletin® - Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO