Scheme to Undermine Kosher Cell Phones Uncovered
By Betzalel Kahn
"The kosher cellular phones by Mirs do not permit breaches
[to the Internet] and fully meet the requirements set by
Vaadat HaRabbonim LeInyonei Tikshoret," said Mirs CEO Avraham
Bourstein during a meeting with chareidi reporters at the
Vishnitz Hotel in Bnei Brak called in response to media
reports that the safeguards in the new Mirs cell phones can
be easily bypassed and a connection to the Internet may be
established. Bourstein said that the reports are based on an
obvious attempt at fraud.
He said Mirs technicians uncovered a scheme by interested
parties designed to discredit Mirs and Va'adat HaRabbonim.
Following rumors that an individual managed to access the
Internet using one of the new kosher devices, the phone in
question was located through concerted efforts. Company
technicians found the hardware had been removed from a kosher
model and replaced with hardware from a stolen Mirs device
undergoing testing and not among the line of approved phones.
The perpetrators then misled several media figures who
subsequently published articles indicating that the new
kosher phones still allow access to the Internet.
Bourstein and senior technicians from the company's
engineering department displayed the two devices and
demonstrated in step-by-step detail how the scheme was
carried out. It was also evident that when the phone was
turned on the Vaadat HaRabbonim seal did not appear on the
screen as it does on all normal approved phones.