Jerusalem – An IT security expert has found a security loophole in the Orange cellular phone system that allows for the detection of scofflaw Haredis who are using smartphones despite a prohibition within parts of the ultra-Orthodox community.
HAARETZ.com (http://bit.ly/1h7G2xb) reports that according to Amitai Dan, as long as he has a phone number, the loophole allowed him to access the personal information on smartphone or mobile device’s user.
According to Dan, The Orange – portalXml Web Service permits anyone with access to conduct identity searches by phone numbers.
Reps for Orange have remained tight-lipped about the subject, but have since restricted usage on the site to only those with a “special” usernames and logins.
The use of smartphones has been condemned by many leading ultra-Orthodox leaders, including Lithuanian Haredi Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky, who in the past not only banned smartphone users from witnessing religious ceremonies, but at one point called for the burning of iPhones.