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Boeing Makes A Top-Secret Spy Phone

Posted 2/27/2014 10:45 am by
Boeing Black, a top-secret smartphone.

Boeing Black, a top-secret smartphone.

When it comes to secure communications, the United States government doesn’t just turn to any old virus-prone Android phone, they turn to a specialist company to produce their communications technology.  Boeing is the company who helps produce safe phones for top-secret conversations, and they’re looking to improve on their share in that market with a brand new phone designed to self-destruct if tampered with.  Meet the Boeing Black, the self-destruct phone designed for top-secret communications.  Not just your average phone for teenagers, the Black is meant to be used by only the most security-conscious government agencies, and is designed with protection in mind.

The Black comes with two separate SIM cards, one for normal networks and one for secure government networks.  The hard drive is encrypted, the phone has on-board security tools to encrypt outgoing communication, it contains multiple software security solutions, and it runs on a customized Android flavor.  You can even add biometric sensors, solar panels, and more for extra security and portability on the go.  However, the key point of the Black’s safety design is the way it is tamper-proof (according to FCC paperwork, anyway).

“There are no serviceable parts on Boeing’s Black phone and any attempted servicing or replacing of parts would destroy the product,” said Boeing’s filing with the FCC.  “The Boeing Black phone is manufactured as a sealed device both with epoxy around the casing and with screws, the heads of which are covered with tamper-proof covering to identify attempted disassembly.  Any attempt to break open the casing of the device would trigger functions that would delete the data and software contained within the device and make the device inoperable.”

Here’s Boeing’s product page, if you want more information.

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