If I were to ask you, "What does
) 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
) 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
: a self-destruct function.
filing with the FCC
"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
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
, it will likely only be available to employees of US intelligence
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