Canadian Firm Trains Law Enforcement, Intel Officials To Hack Smartphones

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Smartphone vulnerability is a prickly issue, a tradeoff between the alluring conveniences the devices offer and the risks they bring.

The U.S. government is seeking ways to exploit the former without raising the latter, a quest for what’s being called “secure mobile.” The Defense Department is developing a plan to let staffers use smartphones for classified data. The National Security Agency’s Troy Lange told this year’s C4ISR Journal Conference that the agency is improving security on smartphones through specialized apps and encryption software.

But it’s men like Pierre Roberge who may offer the most intriguing insight. Roberge runs Arcadia, a Canadian computer security company with a unique specialty: He teaches intelligence and law enforcement officials worldwide how to hack mobile phones.

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