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

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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18 Comments

1. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2349; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

No comment.....

7. Nikolas.Oliver

Posts: 1574; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

if so why would you commented on this article ?

9. NexusKoolaid

Posts: 493; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

more like "worthless comment"

18. JonBjSig

Posts: 176; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

That is a comment...

2. Angkor

Posts: 108; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

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

8. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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.

12. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 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.

3. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Nothing is hack proof

11. cepcamba

Posts: 717; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

You can't hack Hulk! I'm wondering if Wolverine can hack through though :p *sorry off topic :)

17. sgogeta4

Posts: 394; Member since: Feb 02, 2011

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

4. ibap

Posts: 867; Member since: Sep 09, 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.

5. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

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

15. htc_prep

Posts: 303; Member since: Oct 09, 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.

6. PhoneLuver

Posts: 481; Member since: Jul 05, 2010

Awesome!!

10. cepcamba

Posts: 717; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

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

13. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Yes, the hackers are probably eager to hack it.

14. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 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 :)

16. rallyguy

Posts: 620; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

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

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