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$3,500 Smartphone Stamps Out Spying

4 years ago2.4K views

GeoBeats

Geo Beats

Sales of the 35-hundred-dollar GSMK CryptoPhone have tripled as of late, and the company that makes it has Edward Snowden to thank.

Sales of the 35-hundred-dollar GSMK CryptoPhone have tripled as of late, and the company that makes it has Edward Snowden to thank.

Ever since he offered his insights into how much listening-in is really going on, people have been snatching up the spy-proof phone in droves.

ESD America’s CEO Les Goldsmith said, “We’re producing 400 a week and can’t really keep up.”

CryptoPhones are actually Samsung Galaxy S3’s that have had their operating systems wiped clean and replaced by a modified Android-based operating system.

They work by sampling random background noise to create a cryptographic key so outside ears can’t tap into the conversation.

For it to be impervious to eavesdropping, however, both people involved have to be using one.

The device can also protect any mobile data shared with it.

At present, there are an estimated 100 thousand out there.

The biggest customers are US international business people who work with China a lot and have concerns about corporate espionage.

Turkey has also been a client ever since the prime minister discovered his car and office had been bugged.

The 35 hundred dollar price tag covers the phone itself and 3 years of service.