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iPhone App arises security concern

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An

application running on iPhone has come under the security scanner.

The union Home ministry has written to the Department of Telecom

(DoT) to debar mobile operators from offering a specific application

that destructs messages after it is read by the user.

This

application called Tiger Text, allows users to send text messages and

videos without leaving any trail. Once a sender selects the message

lifespan (from 1 minute to 30 days), expired messages not only gets

deleted from the phone, but are not stored on any server, thereby,

cannot be retrieved. The sender can also choose other options that do

not exist with other texting technology such as deleting the history

of the conversation or making a text message 'delete on read',

meaning the message will disappear 60 seconds after the recipient

opens the message. Indian security agencies are worried that this

application will be used by spies and antisocial elements to

communicate without being detected.

According to

sources, this application will be operational through a server

located in the US. The use of this service by Indian service

providers may create problems to law enforcement agencies (LEAs) in

their operational activities. DoT has been requested that

instructions may be issued to all service providers that before the

launch of this service, proper arrangements for interception and

monitoring is set with prior approval of LEAs.

Security

agencies had recently told telecom operators to keep a check on all

calls and data transmitted through their network for a period of five

years. They had also expressed concerns about 3G video calls and

instant messaging services offered by the likes of Google and

BlackBerry.

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