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NSA creates special Android spy phones

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NSA creates special Android spy phones
Even spies need smartphones, and not just to play Angry Birds on while they are saving the country from harm. Obviously though, a spy can't just walk into a store and order a box full of handsets. Instead, the NSA has taken the Android OS and has made it the center of its own model which is built to make sure that its agents have a secure line to communicate over. The openness of the system allows NSA technicians to make the necessary changes to the OS and to remove parts that could be a security threat.

The Fishbowl project is the name given to the NSA's plan to take a commercially available communication system and change it to meet the requirements of the agency. Two layers of encryption are used on each call which is also routed through the NSA's secure server. And despite these layers of encryption, the call quality is not impacted, except for a small delay. When you consider the secure nature of the line, the delay is a small price to pay for the comfort of knowing that no one can spy on your call. NSA is now thinking about offering a special app market that will allow its agents to download apps on their phones without compromising safety.

source: Gizmodo
NSA Spies use the Fishbowl Architecture to communicate safely

NSA Spies use the Fishbowl Architecture to communicate safely


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posted on 02 Mar 2012, 19:16 16

1. Doakie (Posts: 1101; Member since: 06 May 2009)


Android wins again! Apple sucks!

posted on 05 Mar 2012, 10:43 1

11. jamrockjones (Posts: 345; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


That's right. That's the beauty of Android, is that it can be tailored to meet the needs of these secured agencies.

posted on 02 Mar 2012, 20:00 7

2. Pings (Posts: 297; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


1st the DOD then the US Military, and now the NSA. Good job Google...

posted on 03 Mar 2012, 09:18

3. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5530; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


@Pings - the DoD is the U.S. military.

posted on 03 Mar 2012, 09:23

4. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5530; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Delay is inevitable for the encryption level used by NSA. Even their dedicated landline encrypted handsets experience delay. I suspect there would be delay with even a quad core CPU (because the length of the cypher key would increase to use the power of the quad cores).

posted on 03 Mar 2012, 09:28 2

5. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5530; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Apple is not going to be able to play in this sand box unless and until it addresses it's supply chain vulnerability. NSA is manufacturing it's own handsets and putting its own version of Android onto the handsets. iOS is not sold without an iDevice, so this is one market segment where Apple is going to be totally on the sidelines.

posted on 03 Mar 2012, 09:34

6. TMobileRep_52_SwaaaG (Posts: 40; Member since: 03 Oct 2011)


why the hell did either of you even mention apple? does this article have anything to do with apple? OR even mention apple or ios or iphone at least once? dont worry, i'll wait

posted on 03 Mar 2012, 09:44 2

7. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5530; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


And why shouldn't we mention Apple? Or MS, or RIM/BB, or whatever manufacturer/vendor we are posting about? Are you in charge of posting rules at PA?

posted on 03 Mar 2012, 09:48

8. TMobileRep_52_SwaaaG (Posts: 40; Member since: 03 Oct 2011)


you're a child lol

posted on 03 Mar 2012, 09:54 3

9. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5530; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


@TMobile - you appear to be fitting the definition better than I.

posted on 03 Mar 2012, 20:25 1

10. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6135; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


NSA HAVE GOOD TASTE

posted on 25 Oct 2013, 00:08

12. chaman (Posts: 1; Member since: 25 Oct 2013)


ZealSpy app android

posted on 20 Jun 2014, 03:42

13. pradhuman (Posts: 7; Member since: 26 Dec 2013)


you guys must check bit.ly/spymycell_android_app its free for 15 days you can spy any android phone's data

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