Mobile Pest Control

While damages due to business espionage swell to billions of dollars annually, Rohde and Schwarz has produced the world’s first, commercially available, tap-proof mobile phone.

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By  Justin Etheridge Published  September 8, 2001

German company Rohde and Schwarz has produced the world’s first, commercially available, tap-proof mobile phone. Based on the Siemens S35i mobile phone, the TopSec GSM phone has been enhanced with an encryption module.

By pressing a simple button, the user is able to activate the crypto-mode (and feel very important) whilst carrying out secure, encrypted communications.

Damages due to business espionage are estimated to amount to billions annually, worldwide, and this promise of confidential communications is bound to prove immensely popular with corporate groups, authorities and shady individuals alike.

The phone’s security is achieved through a combination of asymmetric 1024-bit encryption and a symmetric 128-bit algorithm. The encryption process takes about 10 - 15 seconds, after which an incoming call is signalled and the tap-proof connection is established.

Both parties to any communication are alerted to the encryption, which is noted on the unit display.

All in all, it's a tempting taste of espionage-proof equipment for the paranoid, the criminal, and anyone else who suspects they may be under surveillance (or wishes they were).

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