The government is designing a tech to get rid of chances of communication leak from mobile phones of officials. This data was given by an administrator from the Ministry of Electronics and IT to the media in an interview.
“Devices have turned out to be a source from where opportunities of spying have elevated. Mobile handsets are most exposed and even set-top boxes can be risked. For handsets, the government is designing a solution to avoid unauthorized admission to data of government administrators,” an official source claimed to the media in an interview.
He claimed that the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing located in Hyderabad has been operating on expects and technology to conclude the project shortly. “The issue is India does not include its OS. Consequently, there are hesitations that mobile data may be leaking. There have been various incidents as well where hackers have taken power over handsets to get data of officers,” the source further added to his statement.
At the Indian Infosec Consortium, Cyber security scientists in November 2015 emerged with a report claiming that handsets of the Army officers who had downloaded some mobile news app had been negotiated by hackers based in Pakistan. The same was verified by a Senior Army officer, verifying that instant measures were taken and things were under control. Giving more information, the MEITY administrator claimed that the technology will proceed like a layer amid the communication of officials and OS of a mobile phone.
“The tech is being designed considering the need of serious communications of security officers. It will be hugely restricted to government personnel. There have been no second thoughts as of now on opening it for public masses,” the official claimed. The technology, as per him, plans to check unauthorized access of SMS, microphone, storage, and the like of a handset by apps installed in it.
“Most of the apps look for permission to access call record, microphone, and SMS in a handset. People frequently fail to download a mobile app when they deny permission access microphone. The new tech will avoid such downloaded app on the handset from authorizing security sensitive elements of a handset,” the official further added.