'Black' is a self-destructing secret agent phone

Credit: Boeing

Boeing has created a smartphone that will self-destruct when tampered with. And, of course, it’s simply called Black. The 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. The device will be marketed and sold in a manner such that low-level technical and operational information about the product will not be provided to the general public,” according to Boeing’s counsel Bruce Olcott.

In other words, Boeing, a company best known for building airplanes, has created an Android smartphone that will self-destruct if it's tampered with, and this phone will only be sold to government agencies. Sadly, the phone won't self-destruct explosively in that classic Mission: Impossible way. Instead, it will simply delete whatever data it contains. This isn’t the first time we’ve seen this kind of technology. There’s a hard drive and a computer chip that do the same. But maybe it’s just me: those things sound so far from the normal tech we use daily, whereas Black is just an Android phone, exactly like what you might be reading this on.

The phone has dual SIM cards, removable battery, WiFi and Bluetooth capabilities and can operate on the GSM, WCDMA and LTE networks. Or at least, that's what we're told: any attempt to open to phone to find out what's actually in there "would trigger functions that would delete the data and software contained within the device and make the device inoperable." And anyway, all you really need to know is that the phone is simply called Black, and that you shouldn't mess with it.

Boeing, via Ars Technica

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