Re: [dubailug] Spyware In BlackBerry Updates For Users in the UAE
Just curious. Are there any laws in UAE against such intrusion?
--- On Thu, 7/16/09, dandantheitman <dandantheitman@...> wrote:
From: dandantheitman <dandantheitman@...>
Subject: Re: [dubailug] Spyware In BlackBerry Updates For Users in the UAE
Date: Thursday, July 16, 2009, 9:19 AM2009/7/16 Todd Walton <tdwalton@...>:
> Spyware In BlackBerry Updates For Users in the UAE
> "An update pushed out to BlackBerry users on the Etisalat network in
> the United Arab Emirates appears to contain remotely-triggered spyware
> that allows the interception of messages and emails, as well as
> crippling battery life. Sent out as a WAP Push message, the update
> installs a Java file that one curious customer decided to take a
> closer look at, only to discover an application intended to intercept
> both email and text messages, sending a copy to an Etisalat server
> without the user being aware of anything beyond a slightly excessive
> battery drain."
Wow. I knew that Etisalat required that they should be able to tap /
listen into any VOIP Based PABX chatter but I had no idea they had
decided to listen in on emails and SMSes as well. Sadness.
"More people are killed every year by pigs than by sharks, which shows
you how good we are at evaluating risk."
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