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FBI highlights iMessage encryption issues, Department of Defense isn't sure where its mobiles are

Karen Haslam | April 9, 2013
We all know that iMessage is encrypted, but US law enforcers have only just realised they can't intercept it. And in other news, the Department of Defense has detected weaknesses in the US army's mobile strategy.

And the Department of defence don't know where its mobiles are...

Along with the FBI's sudden realisation that iMessages are encrypted comes news that the Department of Defense (DoD) has conducted an audit to evaluate security issues in relation to mobile devices that are used by its staff, especially with the trend to BYOD (bring your own device).

According to a Technewsdaily report, "The DoD discovered weaknesses in the Army's mobile strategy right away." Specifically, the Army's chief information officer, Lt. Gen. Susan S. Lawrence did not: "Require secure storage for data on mobiles, insist on keeping devices free of malware, monitor mobiles while hooked up to computers or even employ training or user agreements to keep military secrets under wrap."

The audit found almost 15,000 unauthorized devices in use, and the army doesn't even know where all its mobiles are, according to the report.

 

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