South Korea Installs Special Smartphone App to Help Prevent Military Leaks
July 16, 2013 11:06 AM
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All military personnel will eventually be forced to install the smartphone application
The South Korean Defense Ministry announced this week that it is now ordering military staff to install a special smartphone application to restrict key functions of the device; namely the onboard camera. By disabling the camera, the South Korean military hopes to put a stop to leaks of confidential information.
The South Korean Defense Ministry announced on Monday that its entire staff of 1,500 people is no longer allowed to bring smartphones to the office without having the app installed on the device.
The new rule resulted in long lines at the gates of the ministry because approximately 20% of the workers had failed to install the application.
also reports that some Defense Ministry staff have refused to install the application out of fear of reduced privacy. In addition to restricting use of the camera, the app also prevents audio recording and stops outside users from being able to hack the devices.
The app currently only works within the ministry compound, but officials have said that all South Korean soldiers will be ordered to install the app in the near future.
Ministry employees using Android devices can receive and make phone calls as well as receive and send text messages. However, iPhone users are only able to receive calls and text messages.
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RE: Not advisable.
7/16/2013 2:11:29 PM
No kidding. This is Korea. What are the chances that Samsung *wouldn't* jump at the chance to create a bespoke phone for the country's military?
And then just require that all military personnel have that phone, and only that phone.
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