Saturday, December 28, 2013

"Kill switch" for smart phones could provide massive consumer target for hackers, terrorists

I thought I would pass along an “opposing viewpoint” from USA Today on Friday, December 27, to the idea of a smart phone kill switch.
The counter-opinion warns that a kill-switch system could itself fall to hackers, or possibly terrorists or enemy rogue states, or even to our own government if it really got out of hand.  Millions of cell phones could suddenly be made inoperable in a geographical area by some sort of attack, rather like a “Son of EMP”. 
The link to the counter opinion is here which in turn links to USA Today/Gannett’s opinion, which really doesn’t address the terrorist risk. So the smart phone "kill switch" may go the way of the "Kill Bill" movies.  . 

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