There is a huge difference in the universe of Android smartphones and the Apple iPhone. Where there is a single manufacturer of iPhones, Apple, there are dozens of manufacturers using the Android OS in their smartphones and tablets. And these manufacturers frequently tweak the Android OS to provide unique features, looks, and other capabilities.
You must give hackers some credit if for no other reason than for persistence and ingenuity. The news is full of stories of the latest exploit of a system somewhere. Typically these attacks come over the internet or some other network. And while interception of cellular communications is not new, the latest method in the news concerns using drones to capture unencrypted messages / data and hacking into systems.
We recently blogged about the wide range and large amount of information Facebook collects from users and how it sells that information for profit. In that post, we referenced the fact that lots of companies are in the same business, just not to the extent Facebook is right now.
Wouldn’t the world be better if bad actors left regular people alone so we could make phone calls, send texts, email friends and families, all without worrying that our most personal information is being captured and sold or used in unethical ways? Yes it would but unfortunately, that is not the case. There is simply too great a reward for being a bad actor.
Joseph Heller, author of “Catch 22,” a fictional novel about American air combat in the Mediterranean during World War II, penned this line in his book. Cynics the world over, as well as those with a dry wit, have used it ever since. And why not? It often seems to be the case.
Two Chinese companies, Huawei and ZTE, are running into opposition from the US Government over concerns that their smartphones and supporting services are providing the Chinese government with a surveillance capability that poses a national security risk. Other countries are also concerned with both Australia and India investigating the phones.