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German government gets secure smartphones

DDP/The Local · 16 Nov 2009, 09:08

Published: 16 Nov 2009 09:08 GMT+01:00

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“The Interior Ministry has signed a contract including around 350 federal agencies for highly secure smartphones,” Reinhard Clemens from Telekom’s subsidiary T-Systems told the paper. “Now we are about to deliver thousands of units.”

According to the paper, Chancellor Angela Merkel will also receive a mobile capable of sending coded emails. She is know to be an avid user of SMS text messaging.

“Leading politicians can communicate over absolutely secure channels,” said Clemens, adding the demand for such technology was also growing among German business executives.

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“Industrial espionage is a considerable danger,” he told the paper.

DDP/The Local (news@thelocal.de)

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11:28 November 16, 2009 by cleavage
Why aren't ALL phones secure? Why only the gov?

Let them eat cake.
15:31 November 16, 2009 by Psypher2
@long-haul: lol on the "smart phone"

@Mapleleafdude: yes they do (for those made in the US), and any version of Zimmerman-based crypto like twofish or DES can be cracked pretty easily. However, you will run into problems dealing with non-latin character sets (character entropy becomes very complex with Arabic, Russian, Mandarin, Cantonese, etc).

"some kid"??? Doubtful. That sh!t takes some pretty hardcore math skills (not the kind you can pick up in highschool algebra/trig)
16:06 November 16, 2009 by martell
Of course the ruling caste of Germany gets secure communication tools after they have introduced laws which enable them to eavesdrop the electronic communication of all other citizens, at any time given, without a judge's consent and at will.

One might wonder now for the reason why this caste gets a different swine flu vaccine than the rest of the German citizens. Germans, wake up and act.
09:37 November 18, 2009 by Fredda
Isn¦#39;t it abuse of the power? Hmmnn.. Anyway, I know a lot of people who find it difficult to configure the smartphone they have. Some of them are looking for Motorola Droid Tips. The Droid has less battery life than the most basic of cellular phones, but more than a laptop ­ so be conservative of battery life. Take time to get comfortable with the Quick Launch feature, and looking up info on Android forums might also come in handy. It would be a shame if you couldn't figure out how to work the phone you just got installment loans for ­ so looking up Motorola Droid tips is a good idea.
14:39 November 18, 2009 by Psypher

its a phone, not a cyclotron...fool! ( aint that complex)!
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