Barack Obama has yet to get his spy-proof BlackBerry

April 25th, 2009 - 4:17 pm ICT by ANI  

Barack Obama Washington, Apr 25 (ANI): Contrary to previous rumors, President Barack Obama hasn’t gotten his super-secure BlackBerry.

According to The Washington Times, the American leader will have to long for his souped-up smartphone for a little while, and has instead been forced to use an ungainly hybrid.

As for the reason why it is so: the National Security Agency still needs a few months to test out its replacement: a souped-up BlackBerry 8830 equipped with software called SecurVoice made by Washington, D.C.-based The Genesis Key, Inc, reports FOX News.

“We’re going to put his BlackBerry back in his hand,” Genesis Key chairman Steven Garrett told the Washington Times.

Engineers from BlackBerry maker Research In Motion, based in Waterloo, Ontario, have helped with the upgrade.

The president was forced to give up his unsecured BlackBerry after Inauguration Day, amid concerns that its communications and e-mail would be intercepted by foreign governments or hackers.

In the interim, Obama has been using a patchwork of two devices, a BlackBerry and an NSA-supplied secure handheld device known as Sectera Edge. (ANI)

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