Law enforcement officials and mobile phone makers last week knocked heads with wireless carriers over planting “kill switches” in smartphones.Led by a district attorney in San Francisco and attorney general in New York, law enforcement would like all smartphones to contain firmware that allows a consumer to “brick” a mobile that’s lost or stolen.The largest mobile phone maker in the world, Samsung, is on board with the program, and a developer of kill-switch software has offered its program to Samsung for free.Problem is, the wireless carriers are cool to the idea. One possible reason is that carriers make good money from replacement of lost and stolen phones, but there are some less cynical explanations for their balking.For example, if hackers should gain control of a phone’s kill switch, they could deny the owner access. They might be able to disable the phones of government employees, such as those working for the FBI or Department of Homeland Security.”There is definitely a concern that hackers might be able to use this feature, which not only puts our citizens’ privacy at risk, but also our government agencies,” Tom Kemp, CEO of Centrify, told TechNewsWorld.”But there is more to it. Given the recent issues… Read full this story
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