Smart­phone ban set for se­cu­rity

Los Angeles Times - - THE WORLD -

A se­nior Ira­nian of­fi­cial says au­thor­i­ties with ac­cess to clas­si­fied in­for­ma­tion will be banned from us­ing smartphones.

Gen. Gho­lam Reza Jalali, who heads an Ira­nian mil­i­tary unit in charge of com­bat­ing sab­o­tage, was quoted by the semiof­fi­cial ISNA news agency as say­ing that in­struc­tions for the ban await rat­i­fi­ca­tion.

Jalali said the main dan­ger is the pos­si­bil­ity that smart­phone man­u­fac­tur­ers — all of whom are based in West­ern coun­tries — could have ac­cess to data stored on the phones.

Iran con­sid­ers it­self to have been the tar­get of a cy­ber­war since 2010, when a virus known as Stuxnet dis­rupted con­trols on some of its nu­clear cen­trifuges.

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