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Anti-NSA Blackphone can be hacked through a


text message
PostedonJanuary29,2015byWaqas

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The mobile device BlackPhone, which was


marketed as a super secure phone, has just had
to run a patch to fix a vulnerability which
allowed hackers to compromise the devices.
The malicious code was able to attack the
devices through no more than the Silent Text
application.
The BlackPhone device is actually a target for

hackers who view the owners of the device as


high profile victims because owners of the
device actually paid around $630 for its security features. People willing to pay this much for
a phone must have calls and messages that they want to keep secure.

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The wellknown Sydney hacker and cofounder of Azimuth Security Mark Dowd @mdowd
found out the flaw towards the end of 2014 while BlackPhone was developing the fix at the
time. Dowd noted that hackers who exploited the vulnerability could remotely control the
device.
While it took Dowd a week to find the flaw, he has been known to report vulnerabilities
before such as one he discovered in the ZRTP thirdparty library used in the Silent Phone app
in 2013. He was interested in the marketing of those Silent Suite apps and took to
researching them further.

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through mass surveillance. Dowd wanted to know how effective they would be against
targeted attacks. Dowds discovery shows that the vulnerability in the Silent Text lay in the
Silent Circle Instant Messaging Protocol SCIMP library which is what encrypts your
messages.

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BlackPhone and its Silent Text app were created at a time when there was major uprising
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BlackPhones have been sold and are in use right now, it is known that the Silent Text app has
had over 50,000 downloads.
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Tags: Blackphone , hacking , NSA , Privacy , security , Spying , Surveillance

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