But first, don’t use yr mobile overseas is what the Finnish Security Intelligence Service, Supo is telling Finnish residents
Supo is worried about gaps in the security of foreign networks, national broadcaster Yle reports. Supo says the best idea is not to travel with the devices at all, but if Finns decide that’s not practical, then they should exercise caution.
Spokesman Tuomas Portaankorva tells Yle that people “should not speak on the phone about confidential matters abroad”, because networks may not be secure. That might be an oversight, or deliberate, he says. There’s also a malware risk, and the possibility that foreign security services can access people’s phone and SIM card data when using a network abroad.
“The advice to leave phones at home especially applies to work phones, but I wouldn’t really want to take my phone to certain countries either,” Mr Portaankorva says.
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