Citing people close to the heart of the issue, The Mail on Sunday reports that numerous iPads were used last week in a presentation by Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude, only for these to be removed at the end of the meeting by security staff.
It is believed that this is a precautionary move to guard against international spying, as The Telegraph adds that China, Pakistan, Russia and Iran all have Trojan viruses that can turn iPads into microphones and transmitters – thus increasing the likelihood of government secrets being found out.
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According to Russia Today, the company has announced a tender for creating the tablet, which will be iOS-powered, 3G and will be connected to Gazprom’s data storage. The firm also hopes that the slate will open applications within five seconds and aims to have the device running 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
The eventual aim is for the device to end up as some kind of digital think tank, so that Miller can use it to keep up-to-date on all on-goings at the firm.
However, with Gazprom still to find both developers to work on customized iOS apps and a contractor to build the tablet – which according to the report will “probably be a very advanced [...]
The group has not officially explained the reason why it cancelled the plan to acquire 2,861 iPad 2 tablets, although reports would suggest there being some unease over security.
The plan was initiated in January, and the tablets were set to feature the GoodReader document reading app, developed by Moscow-based Good.iWare, and which is already reported to be used by Alaska Airlines and, in the near future, Delta Air Lines. However, Michael McCarthy, director of the Army’s smartphone project, ‘Connecting Soldiers to Digital Applications’, told Nextgov that they would not be using software developed in Russia, because of potential security risks.