Boeing unveils secure Android phone with self-destructing data


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Boeing, primarily known as an aerospace company, unveiled its first Android(s goog) smartphone on Wednesday. The Boeing Black is a security-focused phone with the ability to self-destruct if tampered with.

According to the company, “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.” To that end, the phone can be modified via an expansion port on its back, which could allow agencies to integrate additional sensors or provide the device with satellite connectivity, for instance.

What’s really interesting, though, is this security feature that Quartz spotted on Boeing’s FCC filing:

“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…

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