Top IDF officers are being asked to trade in their smartphones for an iPhone, Arutz Sheva reported. The decision comes on the background of serious security concerns that have surrounded made-in-China Android-platform devices. According to the report, the army has been approaching officers individually, and those who have not yet been asked to switch will be asked to do so in the near future.
The report said that there have been numerous attempts by hackers to take control of officers’ devices, using a variety of techniques to either acquire authentication information for a device, or to implant malware that will steal information. The army feels that Apple devices are more secure from that perspective, because all applications installed on Apple devices are vetted in advance by the company for security risks – unlike with Android-platform devices, for which users can install applications from any source, without security vetting.
The IDF did not confirm or deny the report. In a statement, the IDF said that “soldiers and career officers are free to choose the cellular device that they prefer for private use. The IDF keeps abreast of attempts to compromise devices, and issues the appropriate instructions in order to ensure cybersecurity.”