Afghan enemies using iPhone as a weapon

Australian Department of Defense chief technology officer Matt Yannopoilos today said defenses were being beaten in Afghanistan by enemies accessing information quickly via iPhones.

Australian Department of Defense chief technology officer Matt Yannopoilos today said defenses were being beaten in Afghanistan by enemies accessing information quickly via iPhones.

At the Australian Computer Society (ACS) Canberra Branch conference this morning, Yannopoilos said "bad guys" in the war-torn country were making better use of available data by "using iPhones and applications — and multiple SIM cards — and going much faster than we are", despite the fact that the government had more intelligence at its fingertips.

Yannopoilos hoped in the future to be able to develop applications quickly to fit defense needs, pointing out that while creating an iPhone application might take two weeks, developing a defense application can take two years.

For more on this story, read iPhone-wielding enemy trumps Defense on ZDNet Australia.

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