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Blackphone no challenge at DEF CON

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DEF CON 22 is well under way in Las Vegas and there's been plenty of action on Twitter tonight covering the event. One highlight comes from the @TeamAndIRC who has been having a bit of fun with Blackphone. After having some time with the device, Justin Case has managed to gain root access and enable ADB on the device without the need to even unlock the bootloader.

Blackphone fires back: 'BlackBerry betrayed its customers and jettisoned its credibility'

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The folks working on the security-centric Android-powered Blackphone have posted a rebuttal to the criticisms made by BlackBerry recently. The piece focuses primarily on BlackBerry's poor market performance, dwindling stock price, and ultimate reliance on competing platforms.

The main selling point Blackphone CEO Toby Weir-Jones posited for their product compared to BlackBerry was encrypted peer-to-peer voice calling, though it continues on to describe the BES infrastructure as restrictive and ineffectual. He even goes so far as to say BlackBerry's previous tiffs with local governments over lawful interception resulted in betrayals of customers.

BlackBerry discusses Blackphone and why its consumer-grade privacy is inadequate for businesses

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After gathering some hype following its announcement, the Blackphone has started shipping to customers who pre-ordered the device. For those who aren't familiar with the Blackphone, it's a result of a partnership between Spanish manufacturer Geeksphone and security company Silent Circle and uses a specialized build of Android called PrivatOS, which the company has dubbed 'an unparalleled product ideal for information workers, executives, public figures, and anyone else unwilling to give up their privacy.'

Blackphone aims to be the world's most secure phone

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Debuting at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Blackphone is setting out to be the world's most secure phone. The device is GSM unlocked and will run a custom version of Android called PrivatOS. Users will be able to make and receive secure phone calls, send and receive secure messages, transfer documents privately, browse though a VPN and more. No pricing or specs were reveled for the device however.