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​Meet Russian tablet that beats hackers by physically disconnecting camera, mic

Published time: July 03, 2014 10:41
Edited time: July 03, 2014 14:22
A prototype of a Russian tablet, built using the Android-derived operating system RoMOS for the Russian Defense Ministry, which is apparently one featuring a physical disconnection of communication modules described by the OS developer TsNII EISU. (RIA Novosti / Sergey Mamontov)

A prototype of a Russian tablet, built using the Android-derived operating system RoMOS for the Russian Defense Ministry, which is apparently one featuring a physical disconnection of communication modules described by the OS developer TsNII EISU. (RIA Novosti / Sergey Mamontov)

A clever hacker can turn a modern mobile device into a spy, surveilling its owner. But there is a straightforward response to it. A new Russian tablet thwarts hackers by physically disconnecting communication modules and sensors on demand.

The blunt-but-effective approach may sound like overkill, but the developer, a Russian research institute specializing in creating communication systems and providing IT security solutions for the military hopes their potential clients would appreciate it.

The device, dubbed ‘Rupad’ by some media, is meant for the Russian armed forces, law enforcement agencies and secret services. The ‘kill communications’ button it features affects GPS, 3G, WiFi and Bluetooth modules, as well as its two cameras, microphone and even speaker, Deputy director for development at TsNII EISU, Dmitry Petrov, told RIA Novosti.

Other specific features of the tablet include an Android-derived operating system that is meant to add an extra layer of anti-hacking protection and also replaces Google’s application store with another one, where all apps are vetted by the device producer.

The tablet can work 1 meter underwater for at least 30 minutes, functions in hot temperatures of up to +55 degrees Celsius, and is shock-resistant. An extra-tough variant fit for combat zone is available.

The institute has produced dozens of prototypes to be delivered for testing to potential customers. If the device is approved, the producer may develop a variant for civilian market aimed at buyers requiring high level of protection of their data, like top executives and people concerned about their privacy.

Comments (33)

 

mergon 23.08.2014 10:52

Buy a faraday cage purse ,pouch to keep your device in when traveling from A to B it stops them from tracking you Of course when you take it out and or use it they are on you .

Governmen t have a total track system your device is scanned at Airports/train and bus stations and by the new shiny digital road sign system ,use a cars computer ,sat nav,blue tooth system and your tracked, if you have the C.A.N sys on your vehicle it transmits an RF signal appx 50 ft ,at no one time are you more than 50 ft from the roadside scanners !
if you drive an older pre computer car they face recognition cameras !

 

mergon 23.08.2014 10:40

I bought a roll of insulation tape and taped the camera up on this computer i also taped up the mic holes ,use a double thickness and slow the nosey bstards down a bit !

 

wikileakscombr 05.07.2014 13:30

Hello Putin, please bring Snowden with you to Brazil next week to watch the final game between Brazil & Holland...

Regarding privacy in your tablet, THAT IS NONE, once you are online...

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