NSA creates special Android spy phones

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



1. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

Android wins again! Apple sucks!

11. jamrockjones

Posts: 345; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

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

2. Pings

Posts: 304; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

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

3. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

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

4. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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).

5. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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.

6. TMobileRep_52_SwaaaG

Posts: 40; Member since: Oct 03, 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

7. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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?

8. TMobileRep_52_SwaaaG

Posts: 40; Member since: Oct 03, 2011

you're a child lol

9. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

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

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12. chaman

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 25, 2013

ZealSpy app android

13. pradhuman

Posts: 7; Member since: Dec 26, 2013

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

14. Sarah434

Posts: 6; Member since: Aug 04, 2014

Ha-ha everyone can use spy apps. Not only NSA. There are many apps for this in Android playmarket.

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