updated 06:56 am EST, Mon November 4, 2013
Spying scandal forces UK government to take caution with mobile devices
The British government is combating the overreaching electronic surveillance by intelligence agencies by banning tablets from closed door meetings, according to reports. A number of iPads used during a presentation to the Cabinet were allegedly seized shortly after it had concluded, for fear that they may be used to listen in on private and secret governmental conversations.
Aside from the iPad seizure reported by the Daily Mail, the government has gone to greater lengths to try and ensure privacy during sensitive discussions. The Telegraph claims that a number of ministers are provided with "soundproof lead-lined boxes," a container that smartphones and tablets must be placed inside to prevent the recording or live eavesdropping by outside parties.
The possibility of hacked devices is only the latest method used by intelligence agencies that has allegedly been revealed in recent months. German chancellor Angela Merkel's smartphone is said to have been monitored by the NSA, along with other world leaders, while Russia has recently been accused of passing poisoned USB flash drives and modified cables that were able to retrieve data and infect devices with trojan horses, in order to gain information from G20 delegates, according to The Guardian.