Boeing is apparently venturing down a new path with a security-centered smartphone that self-destructs within 30 seconds if someone attempts to open up the device’s casing.
In the self-destruct process, all of the data on the Boeing Black smartphone is erased and the phone itself becomes inoperable.
While the Boeing Black is not the first smartphone to come out with security and privacy in mind, it is the first one that takes security to the level of self-destruction.
At Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2014, another phone, named Blackphone, was also shown off. Much like the Boeing Black, this device is also meant to help consumers and business protect their private information.
Boeing, which is usually known for its planes, will not target regular mainstream consumers and will instead focus on businesses and most likely government agencies as well.
The smartphone will also be kept as secret as possible in order to make sure “that low-level technical and operation information about the product will not be provided to the general public.” In order to make sure that this type of information is not leaked out to the public, Boeing will only be working with organizations who legitimately need such a self-destructing phone.
Google’s Android operating system will be present on the Boeing Black and although it is hard to tell, it is likely that Boeing will strip down the OS as much as possible in order to better protect sensitive information on the phone.
Boeing’s Black phone will be sold primarily to government agencies and companies engaged in contractual activities with those agencies that are related to defense and homeland security, – Boeing’s FCC filing
While it is possible to find the filing that Boeing has made with the FCC, the information present within it has been classified as confidential which prevents the public from ever seeing detailed information regarding how the phone operates.
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. – Boeing
Summary: An FCC filing for the Boeing Black smartphone has been discovered. The device will self-destruct if someone attempts to open its casing.
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