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A truly hack-proof smartphone may finally be unveiled next week

February 25th, 2015 at 11:27 AM
Hack Proof Smartphone

About 18 months ago, reports indicating that the NSA spied on the private communications of Brazilian President Dilma Rouseff began to surface. Now comes word via Bloomberg that Brazil is working hard to develop a phone that it hopes will effectively be impossible to breach.

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Dubbed the Granite Phone, the device is set to debut on March 2 during Mobile World Congress, an annual exhibition for the mobile industry held in Barcelona.

Sikur, a security company backed by private-equity firm G5 Evercore and former beer baron Jose Augusto Schincariol, started to develop the device after the Rousseff case broke and the banks’ worries increased.

The phone will leave no unshielded records of calls, text messages or data storage to be stolen. It will be unblocked, meaning it can be used with any carrier, and may carry a price tag of about $800 in the U.S., Sikur said.

That sounds all well and good, but after the avalanche of NSA related hacking stories that has emerged over the past many months, it’s hard to believe that anything anyone does on an electronic device is truly safe from a motivated party intent on swiping ostensibly private data.

A life long Mac user and Apple enthusiast, Yoni Heisler has been writing about Apple and the tech industry at large for over 6 years. His writing has appeared in Edible Apple, Network World, MacLife, Macworld UK, and most recently, TUAW. When not writing about and analyzing the latest happenings with Apple, Yoni enjoys catching Improv shows in Chicago, playing soccer, and cultivating new TV show addictions, the most recent examples being The Walking Dead and Broad City.

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