Boeing stealthily develops self-destructing “Black phones”

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You’ve heard of Boeing, right? The company that makes airplanes? Well, they’ve got something new up their sleeve: self-destructing smartphones. That’s right, James Bond, you’re not the only one with cool tech these days.

Oddly enough, Silent Circle has been working on their super secure Blackphone which was revealed at this year’s Mobile World Congress. Way to come up with an original name, Boeing! Pinkphone is still available, by the way. Unless my patent application comes through, that is…

Anyways, it’s certainly no secret that consumers are wanting more and more security with their electronics these days. Hacks and data breaches are a current issue, and nobody wants their personal information leaked to the public. Me, for example, I don’t need anyone to know my middle name is actually “Engelbert,” but that’s a story for another day.

Now “self-destruct” might carry the cinema connotation of exploding devices, but for Boeing it’s actually a device that deletes all call and message data if there is an unauthorized attempt to open the phone. A lot less worrisome explosions:


Sorry, any opportunity to use a Clooney gif is an opportunity I take.

Boeing has been working on two new Android “Black” phones revealed this week for those customers looking to increase their smartphone privacy. Although the company hoped to keep this project under the radar, new details have arisen as a result of the company’s regulatory filings published by the Federal Communications Commission.

In the words of Eminem, “The FCC won’t let me be.” You feelin’ that, Boeing?

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“Boeing has developed its Black phone primarily by governmental agencies and their contractors to ensure that data and voice communications undertaken by their respective employees are transmitted and stored in a highly secure manner,” the company said in a letter requesting confidentiality.

So much for that.

Boeing has asked all employees working on the device to sign non-disclosure agreements, so you know it’s pretty secret.

In terms of how the phone supposedly works, any attempt to crack open the phone would “trigger functions that would delete the data and software contained within the device and make the device inoperable”, said the letter. “Any attempted servicing or replacing of parts would destroy the product.”

This seems relatively similar to Apple’s desire to implement “kill switches” in their smartphones.

So, are you interested in Boeing’s top secret smartphone project?

We’re coming for you, Bond!


[Source: CNBC]

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