2013 October 26 Saturday
Why Was Angela Merkel's Phone Insecure?

That the US National Security Agency would want to tap the phone of the German chancellor (or any head of state) is not surprising. What is surprising: Why wasn't the German intelligence agency unable to provide Merkel with a secure phone?

That the NSA could even consider tapping into – “tasking,” in the community’s jargon – Merkel’s cell phone reflects the reality both of how relatively easy it has become to do that, and of how information-gathering and information-storing capabilities have exploded over the past decade.

Is it possible to tap Barack Obama's phone? I bet it is extremely difficult.

What I also wonder: How incompetent is the NSA at creating silos for their internal secrets if a contract computer administration could find out so much information on so many NSA programs?

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2013 October 26 04:06 PM 

Eric said at October 29, 2013 12:24 PM:

Difficult as in how difficult is it to implant a virus on a blackberry? The field of smartphone security is very young and analysts have already found over a dozen holes that have been patched in Obama's last model. I think you vastly overestimate how much security the President has.

Kent Gatewood said at October 30, 2013 8:01 AM:

How many countries were listening when she called?

Paul Rain said at November 1, 2013 11:03 AM:

Better question.. why the heck do these people even have phones? I could understand an assistant or security man who generally is outside the room if sensitive matters are to be discussed keeping a phone or two on their person at all times, and a really trusted assistant having a convenience store burner phone available for deniable discussions if necessary, but why would the likes of Obama actually carry a phone? Does he need one to text Michelle during important meetings?

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