Is India Spying on US With Help From RIM, Apple?

Leaked memo from India’s Military Intelligence suggests so

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 9, 2012 12:00 PM CST | Updated Jan 9, 2012 12:31 PM CST

(Newser) – An internal memo from India’s Military Intelligence posted online by hackers contains some disturbing allegations: It claims RIM, Nokia, and Apple provided the Indian government with backdoor access to their mobile devices in exchange for "Indian market presence." The story was initially picked up by Manan Kakkar, an Indian blogger for ZDNet, and cybersecurity researcher Christopher Soghoian. The document can be viewed here.

According to the Raw Story and Slashdot, the Indian government then allegedly used those backdoors to intercept emails from the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission, a group created by Congress to monitor and investigate the national security implications of the US-China economic relationship. Raw Story notes that the USCC has dug into Chinese cybersecurity threats, an investigation it says India may want to be privy to. Kakkar thinks there may be a connection between the info revealed in the memo and an earlier hack of Symantec by Indian hacker collective the Lords of Dharamraja. More at Computer World.

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