Blackwater founder pushes for ‘safe’ smartphone

Blackwater founder Erik Prince is pushing for a highly secure phone from smartphone startup Unplugged, but his description of the phone has been questioned by many. Promotional materials for the new phone claim that its operating system and hardware cannot be tampered with, and that messaging services cannot be intercepted or decrypted. The smartphone, which is expected to cost $850, claims to use government-grade encryption, runs a proprietary modified version of Android called LibertOS, hardware specifications are unknown, and an optional server cluster runs on a ship in an undisclosed location in international waters , not governed by any government, and connected to the outside world via StarLink satellite broadband. Security researchers are skeptical that it is as secure as it claims to be.

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