Boeing Combats Surveillance Attempts With Self-Destructing Phone

Boeing has filed papers with the FCC for a new phone to be sold exclusively to government agencies and defense companies.

Following  the NSA spying scandal, it seems apropos that Boeing has filed papers with the FCC for a phone that will destroy all its data should anyone attempt to tamper with it.

The so-called Boeing Black Phone is not made for regular consumers, but for ‘government agencies and companies engaged in contractual activities with those agencies that are related to defense and homeland security’ according to the papers.

Two years ago, papers were leaked that revealed Boeing was working on an Android phone and now it is becoming slightly clearer why. Interestingly, we will never know what the hardware, software or other mechanisms do because Boeing is claiming their are trade secrets that are vital to national security.

Here is what we do know – there is no tampering with the Boeing Black phone:

There are no serviceable parts on Boeing’s Black phone and any attempted servicing or replacing of parts would destroy the product. 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.

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Source: Quartz

Image: Gizmodo

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