Cellcrypt have launched a WiFi version of their voice encryption software under a 90 day free trial. We’ve talked about Cellcrypt a few times on BBCool, and it’s nice to be able to try out the software under trial conditions. While it’s too bad that you can only use it over WiFi, they’ll hopefully open it up down the road. Personally, I’m wondering if this software could be used as a VoIP alternative, enabling users to make cheap long distance calls.
When we last spoke with Cellcrypt, they told us about a group of white hat hackers in Germany who were attempting to crack the GSM codebook. The group is led by Karsten Nohl, and yesterday news broke that his team have cracked the GSM algorithm, technically known as the A5/1 privacy algorithm. The algorithm is used to tell your voice call to hop frequencies, thus encrypting your call. Each mobile device is given a key, which decodes the hopping algorithm so you can listen to a call.
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The last time we wrote about Cellcrypt, they were showcasing their secure mobile voice encryption software for BlackBerry at WES 2009. The company and BlackBerry app have come a long way and we got to talking with them last week at BBDC.
Since WES, the company has received FIPS 140-2 certification, a standard approved by the US National Institute of Standards and Technology. At BBDC, the company announced that their product is available for the BlackBerry Bold 9700, as well as Curve and Pearl series devices.
Cellcrypt’s product has become more relevant than ever with the ongoing media coverage behind a group of hackers looking to crack the standard GSM network. The hackers say they’re doing this in order to send a message that 2G GSM calls lack proper security encryption, and they could make their code book available to anyone via torrents. While the process is purely academic, and not likely an imminent threat, it still demonstrates a need in the industry for greater voice security.
Cellcrypt is a provider of secure mobile voice calling, and they are expanding to meet a growing demand for encrypted voice solutions from North American customers.
Cellcrypt provides end-to-end solutions for encrypted voice calling between smartphones that prevent private conversations from being compromised. This enables individuals within corporations and governments to converse in a highly secure manner without the need for specialised devices. In addition to mobile-to-mobile calling, Cellcrypt also supports secure mobile-to-landline calling.
Unlike traditional solutions that are based on older Circuit Switched Data technology, Cellcrypt uses the latest internet technology to provide unmatched voice call quality, international calling capability, high reliability across wireless networks and real-time encryption to levels specified by the US government. Cellcrypt technology is currently undergoing certification to the FIPS 140-2 standard approved by the US National Institute of Standard (NIST).
As Cellcrypt solutions operate on commonly available smartphones with an easy-to-use interface, rather than specialised equipment, Cellcrypt customers benefit from the latest features provided by leading mobile phone manufacturers on devices that they already own.
Currently, the product is only available for Nokia devices but BlackBerry support will arrive end of June.