New Android Apps for Wiretap-proof Communications

By JDavis | 6/6/10 8:32 AM

Just released for public beta, two new apps promise wiretap-proof communications for wary users of Android-based smartphones. Developed for Google's Android mobile platform by hacker Moxie Marlinspike and his startup Whisper Systems, the "RedPhone" app encrypts calls made over VoIP using ZRTP, an open source cryptography scheme. Their "TextSecure" app employs a similar open source cryptography method known as "Off The Record" to send and receive scrambled text messages. As he described in a recent Forbes.com blog posting, Marlinspike intends for the apps to be used in place of Android phones' built-in calling and texting systems, thereby subverting insecure communication systems.

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