Black is a Boeing-made secure smartphone designed to self-destruct


Boeing has made a smartphone of their very own, intended for distribution to United States government departments in the security and defence areas, and the company has developed the Black – as it is known – with “security and modularity in mind.”

Not a whole lot is known about the Black, except that it is based on Android, features dual SIM support and has WiFi, Bluetooth and LTE capabilities as well as, apparently, a removable battery and HDMI port. It has built-in storage encryption, a “Hardware Crypto Engine” and a collection of other secure features for use in various James Bond situations.

But the encryption features aren’t the really interesting thing about this device. Ars Technica quotes Boeing’s Bruce Olcott, writing in a letter to the FCC where he requested that most of the details about the device were kept secret, as saying that “There are no serviceable parts on Boeing’s Black phone, and any attempted servicing or replacing of parts would destroy the product.”

“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.”

In other words, attempting to take it apart and learn what is inside it, data-wise, will cause the Black to self destruct. Now, where can we get one?

Source: Ars Technica


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