Russian government officials dump Apple iPads for Samsung tablets to ensure ‘tighter security’

“Russian government officials have swapped their iPads for Samsung tablets to ensure tighter security, the telecoms minister told news agencies on Wednesday,” AFP reports. “Journalists spotted that ministers at a cabinet meeting were no longer using Apple tablets, and minister Nikolai Nikiforov confirmed the changeover ‘took place not so long ago.’ “He said the ministers’ new Samsungs were ‘specially protected devices that can be used to work with confidential information.'”

“Nikiforov denied that Russia was clamping down on US technology in response to Western sanctions imposed over its takeover of Ukraine’s Crimea peninsula. ‘We are not proposing any sanctions,’ he said,” AFP reports. “But he did mention reading reports that ‘American special services… will significantly increase the volume of information they intercept (which) of course causes serious concern to many governmental clients.’ He added that South Korean firms such as Samsung, along with Chinese ones, could be interesting to Russia in this respect.”

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71 Comments

    1. It is not Putin this time (he is not into personal electronics), it is ignorant pseudo patriots.

      The irony of this stupid move is that Samsung’s devices have USA’s operating system anyway, so I am not sure what is the point (there is none, cheap “patriotic” PR not unlike renaming “French Fries” ten years ago).

    2. Not true. Russia will decompile and treat all of Android as if it were open source. Then they will build a more secure OS out of that. They are not choosing Android the Google OS; They are choosing to go at it alone so nobody can hack it without facing a firing squad.

    1. Exactly: just couple of weeks ago Samsung Galaxy devices were confirmed to contain “backdoor” (comparing to “pure” Android; though it can also contain “backdoors” since actual code is closed, unlike source of core of Android OS).

    2. Let’s not let the Russians know the good news of switching to the 99% Malware 4 sure devise they have now 🙂
      NSA get them!!!
      Calling all hackers against land grabbing Russians.

  1. Russia’s Government is pure stupid. And Val Putin is blooming damn idiot, plus a freaking Communist! Samdung and Putin deserve each other. Let the love begin! LOL

    1. My thoughts to. But what I really thought about was the term “security”. If you take it to mean Russian Security like NSA security, then it would mean “we feel more secure if we can read everything on your device and nothing is hidden”.

      Since I can’t do that with iOS, I guess we’ll use Android.

  2. So they will change a US product made by the country’s most trusted brand for a Korean product made by a notorious IP thief, with software made by a no less notorious information thieving company fro the US (and also an IP thief). Good Move !!!

    I guess they’re looking for security through complexity. Or perhaps the cold war was so cold it froze their brains.

  3. If Russia had a tech industry worth a fig, they’d be able to make their own tablet computers. Samsung runs Andriod and that’s just as American as Apple’s OS. So they are unlikely to avoid the NSA by switching between to US software developments.

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