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Snowden: Hack Gave NSA Access to Billions of Phones

US and UK allegedly stole codes from Dutch company

(Newser) - Britain's electronic spying agency, in cooperation with the US National Security Agency, hacked into the networks of a Dutch company to steal codes that allow both governments to seamlessly eavesdrop on mobile phones worldwide, according to the documents given to journalists by Edward Snowden. A story about the documents... More »

Apple Selling Unlocked iPhones

For a mere $649 and a SIM card, you can buck Verizon, AT&T

(Newser) - Sprint and T-Mobile users rejoice! Now you, too, can have an iPhone without switching to AT&T or Verizon—cough, for the low-low price of $649. Apple has quietly begun selling unlocked iPhone 4s for that price online, Apple Insider reports. Pop in an active micro-SIM card and the phone... More »

Hackers Bidding 5 Figures for Old Phone Raises Eyebrows

(Newser) - Phonemaker Nokia is flummoxed as to why hackers are offering more than $32,000 in underground forums for old handsets, NetworkWorld reports—though bank fraud is a distinct possibility. “We have not identified any phone software problem that would allow” misuse, the company said. But a 2003 model manufactured... More »

Police Arrest 2 in Mumbai Probe

First nabbing could undercut theory blaming only Pakistan

(Newser) - Police arrested two Indian men accused of illegally buying mobile phone cards used by the gunmen in the Mumbai attacks, police said, marking the first known arrests since the bloody siege ended. It wasn’t immediately clear whether the two had prior knowledge of the attacks; if they did, the... More »

Errant iPhones? No Big Deal, Analyst Says

Apple profits can withstand unaccounted for gadgets without loss

(Newser) - An estimated 1.4 million iPhones that have been either inventoried or clandestinely unlocked may not pose a significant threat to techno-juggernaut Apple's overall profit. The "missing" phones could force stock prices to dip, "but if you look at Apple," reassures analyst Ezra Gottheil, "It's solidly... More »

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