Experts talk up text security

Friday, 9 April 2004, 4:47 AM EST

On 4 April the News of the World published a story about Beckham's private life and partly based its allegations on phone text messages. The story has been rejected as "ludicrous" by Beckham.

The group representing the mobile phone industry and SMS experts said it would be practically impossible to spy on text messages by eavesdropping.

"We are unaware of any particular eavesdropping methods that exist for text messages," said a spokesman for the GSM Association which acts as the industry voice for the most widely used mobile phone technology.

By Mark Ward at BBC.

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