President Obama will soon get his BlackBerry back, Bill Gertz reports, with some mods from Q.
The top-secret BlackBerry 8830 is in the final stages of development by the National Security Agency, which will soon begin checking to make sure its encryption software meets federal standards. The device could be ready for use in the next few months.
Once in hand, the president will be able to send text and e-mail and make phone calls to others with the secure software loaded on their devices. Others expected to get secure BlackBerrys include top aides as well as first lady Michelle Obama.
The software being used is called SecureVoice, developed by the Genesis Key Inc. of Washington. It can turn any BlackBerry 8830 or Curve into a device that is designed to defeat hackers, eavesdroppers and spies.
That’s the same phone I carry, minus the super-secret encryption stuff. For reasons I can’t fathom, however, the added software apparently makes the phone much larger (or warmer?), thereby necessitating carrying it in a dorky belt holster; mine fits in my pocket.