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IDF Warns Smartphone Apps May Be Security Threat

Smartphone apps may pose a security threat to the country, the IDF warns in a letter to soldiers and commanders.
First Publish: 5/9/2012, 5:52 PM

A woman uses her smartphone to take picture
A woman uses her smartphone to take picture
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Smartphone apps may pose a security threat to the country, the IDF warns in a letter to soldiers and commanders.

Military spokespersons said that security can be breached because of cell phone applications that utilize stored personal information stored on a cell phone.

Security leaks are more likely if the phone shares information without the user's authorization.

The letter comes in response to concerns about the potential for leaks of sensitive information on senior officers and classified units who can be contacted on their personal phones.

"In the age of smart phones, it is important to be alert to the security threat that some applications pose to the IDF," warned the information security establishment.

“Many applications can lead to information leaks by collecting information stored in the memory of the phones on which the applications are installed and sharing information about the user, including location, pictures, and personal details on the Internet,” a senior IDF source said.