US spooks will be allowed to access sensitive government information on their KNOX-locked Samsung gadgets from now on.
The South Korean company has been heavily pushing its new KNOX security product and it looks as though its efforts have paid off. The National Security Agency has now approved nine Samsung devices, including the Galaxy S4 and the Galaxy Note 4, for use by its operatives.
Earlier this year, the US Department of Defense gave Samsung devices the thumbs-up, but only for unclassified data.
The UK’s GCHQ spy agency gave Samsung KNOX the green light earlier this year, but only for the lowest level of classified material, OFFICIAL.
The decision is likely to be lucrative for the Korean gadget giant as although the details of the NSA’s $10bn black budget are secret, reputation matters.
According to Edward Snowden, the NSA spends around $250m per year on trying to create security weaknesses in commercial tech products. ®