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Boeing Now Makes Its Own Android-Running, Data-Self-Destructing Phone


The smartphone will also have the ability to encrypt calls.


If I were to ask you, "What does Boeing (NYSE:BA) manufacture?", the odds are heavily stacked in favor of you answering, "Airplanes!" You would, of course, be right. However, the company, a member of the Dow Jones Industrial Average (INDEXDJX:.DJI), is now also manufacturing a smartphone called the Boeing Black, which will operate with Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android operating system.

According to Boeing, "The Boeing Black smartphone was designed with security and modularity in mind to ensure our customers can use the same smartphone across a range of missions and configurations." Along with modifications available via an expansion port on the back of the phone, as well as the ability to securely encrypt all calls, the Boeing Black has one security function that is straight out of Mission Impossible: a self-destruct function.

As Boeing's filing with the FCC reads:

"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 [sic] 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."
So, if the phone is tampered with physically, its software and data will self-destruct. However, it is unclear whether or not the function will work without physical tampering as well (say, the phone fell into the wrong hands but no attempt was made to physically open it).

No price or release date has been announced for the phone, and as Gigaom reported, it will likely only be available to employees of US intelligence agencies.

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