On the T-Mobile hack

I’m sure you’ve read it all by now, if you haven’t, here‘s the link.

An interesting side issue is security for PDAs and similar devices:

“The Secret Service said its agent, Peter Cavicchia, should not have been using his personal handheld computer for government work. Cavicchia, a respected investigator who has specialized in tracking hackers, was a T-Mobile customer who coincidentally was investigating the T-Mobile break-in, according to court documents and a Secret Service spokesman, Jonathan Cherry.”

I bet thousands of people, if not millions, do carry classified or proprietary information on their PDAs, sometimes maybe even without knowing it.

Why are there no good solutions to protect this information? And no, I’m not talking about the silly password when switching the thing on. Infineon Technologies was working on an MMC with integrated crypto circuits, but obviously they didn’t manage to make it work. Now that would be something that would be huge with mobile phone vendors and PDA vendors alike, don’t you think?

Btw., aren’t SD cards (hint: there’s a “secure” in the name) capable of mimicking something like that? Can anyone explain to me what kind of security they’re able of providing? Thanks for any pointers.

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