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The Pentagon’s decision to endorse a hardened version of Android for use inside the DoD is a smart move forward, experts said. A wholesale blessing of the Android platform isn’t possible given the various flavors of the OS. Meanwhile, attackers continue to probe deeper at kernel and OS flaws.

The speculation is rampant that certain manufacturers are installing backdoors in their own products or that foreign and criminal elements are exploiting weaknesses in the supply chain to compromise IT and networking equipment somewhere between vendors and their customers. The Pentagon is trying to find some way of guaranteeing that their hardware and software are secure, and so the Department of Defense is assigning its out-there research division, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), to do just that.

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