29 Jun '11, 12am

Managers at German chemicals firm have begun keeping their phones in biscuit tins during meetings to prevent espionage

BERLIN - A GERMAN chemicals company said on Monday its managers have begun keeping their mobile phones in biscuit tins during meetings in order to guard against industrial espionage. 'Experts have told us that mobile phones are being eavesdropped on more and more, even when they are switched off,' Ms Alexandra Boy, spokesman for Essen-based speciality chemicals maker Evonik, told AFP. 'The measure applies mostly when sensitive issues are being discussed, for the most part in research and development,' she said, confirming a report in business weekly Wirtschaftswoche. Biscuit tins have a so-called Farraday cage effect, she said, blocking out electromagnetic radiation and therefore preventing people from hacking into mobile phones, not only for calls but also to get hold of e-mails. The firm, with 34,000 employees and sales of 13 billion euros (S$23.1 billion), is not alone ...

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