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RoMOS is a hack-proof Android-based platform, Russian government nods approvingly

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RoMOS is a hack-proof Android-based platform, Russian government nods approvingly
Whether you like it or not, your smartphone or tablet collects personal data about you and sends it back "home" where it is analyzed and stored. One of the main ideas behind this is to improve the user experience by observing how consumers use their devices, or at least that is what they want us to think. Needless to say, not everyone is happy being a guinea pig, which is why a team of bright minds at the Russian Defense Ministry came up with RoMOS – an Android-based mobile platform that does not transmit any data to Google and is allegedly immune to hackers.

RoMOS was demonstrated at IFA 2012 in Berlin running on a tablet of unspecified make. Resistant to shock and water damage, the military-spec version of the device is meant to be used by the Russian Government officials. However, a trimmed-down model will be made available for purchase by civilians at a price of about $460 apiece. Instead of GPS, the tablet uses Russia's alternative GLONASS, which some other modern smartphones and slates are compatible with as well. It is said that the RoMOS operating system feels more or less like Android, but it does not transmit any data without the user's consent. If needed, the platform can be adapted to run on smartphones as well.

In a nutshell, RoMOS and the devices it will run on will not be aimed at the average consumer, rather at people who prioritize privacy and security above all. And with the rates at which Android malware is spreading, such a product seems more and more relevant.

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posted on 04 Sep 2012, 08:26

1. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 1683; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)


No comment.....

posted on 04 Sep 2012, 09:39 7

7. Nikolas.Oliver (banned) (Posts: 1574; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)


if so why would you commented on this article ?

posted on 04 Sep 2012, 10:47 3

9. NexusKoolaid (Posts: 287; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


more like "worthless comment"

posted on 06 Sep 2012, 07:52

18. JonBjSig (Posts: 176; Member since: 17 Nov 2011)


That is a comment...

posted on 04 Sep 2012, 08:31 2

2. Angkor (Posts: 108; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


U.S. Government should use it to prevent from professional hackers and cyber attacks.

posted on 04 Sep 2012, 09:57 1

8. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5609; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


U.S. govt. has their own project to develop an Android-based replacement for the BB handsets. Without 100% control over the code development, there is no way to guarantee the security of the resulting software. It will be a cold day in Hell before the U.S. govt. trusts software developed by the Russian govt.

posted on 04 Sep 2012, 11:14

12. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1218; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


I don't know. If it is hack proof, I don't see why wouldn't the U.S. government thinking about using it. The relationship between the U.S. and Russia is completely different now. The U.S. funds Russia to help them to protect their nuclear weapons from any kind of threat.

posted on 04 Sep 2012, 08:37 10

3. Bluesky02 (Posts: 1439; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


Nothing is hack proof

posted on 04 Sep 2012, 11:07 1

11. cepcamba (Posts: 717; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)


You can't hack Hulk! I'm wondering if Wolverine can hack through though :p

*sorry off topic :)

posted on 05 Sep 2012, 09:22

17. sgogeta4 (Posts: 391; Member since: 02 Feb 2011)


Last time he tried, he got ripped and half and thrown away.

posted on 04 Sep 2012, 08:37 8

4. ibap (Posts: 692; Member since: 09 Sep 2009)


OK, so I'm supposed to trust the Russians not to collect data about users? More like they think only they can collect that data.

posted on 04 Sep 2012, 08:40 3

5. networkdood (Posts: 6261; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


nothing is hacker proof....and, what is up with the bogus malware references?

posted on 04 Sep 2012, 17:32

15. htc_prep (Posts: 303; Member since: 09 Oct 2009)


right. they HACK android and HACK away at the code to make it UNHACKABLE??? hmm.

and the article says it doesnt send information back to google but they are using a proprietary Russian location services on a platform that the government HACKED to their fit their needs that has servers linked to those devices... yea theres nothing fishy smelling here.

posted on 04 Sep 2012, 09:09

6. PhoneLuver (Posts: 463; Member since: 05 Jul 2010)


Awesome!!

posted on 04 Sep 2012, 11:05 1

10. cepcamba (Posts: 717; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)


So long as it's open source being "hack-proof" can only be for a limited time.

posted on 04 Sep 2012, 11:15 1

13. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1218; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


Yes, the hackers are probably eager to hack it.

posted on 04 Sep 2012, 16:54

14. rusticguy (Posts: 2826; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


Immunix from Wirex claimed to be "Hack(er) Proof" distribution of linux was back in early 2000. Company closed and Immunix was bought over by Suse Linux. Nothing is hack-proof. Pulling the power chord (or battery) off from socket is best security :)

posted on 04 Sep 2012, 20:03

16. rallyguy (Posts: 533; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)


So they hacked Android to send them the user info instead of Google.

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