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17 March 2011, 14:42

WhisperCore brings device-level encryption to Android

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WhisperCore Logo Whisper Systems, the developers of the RedPhone voice encryption and TextSecure SMS encryption systems for Android phones, has now released WhisperCore. The software is a device-level encryption system that is intended to protect all the data on a user's Android phone.

Whisper Systems CTO and co-founder, Moxie Marlinspike, told CNET that WhisperCore "uses AES with 256-bit keys in XTS mode, the same disk encryption protocol that's proven itself in the PC space with tools like TrueCrypt or LUKS (Linux Unified Key Setup)".

This first release is an early beta labelled version 0.1 and is described as a tech-demo. This release is only currently available for Nexus S phones but is expected to expand to other devices soon. WhisperCore will be available for free for individual use with pricing for commercial use dependent on deployment size.

The web site currently available states that the system integrates with the Android operating system and protects all the data and programs on the phone. It includes full-disk encryption and can be set so as to also protect data held on the phone's SD card.

The WhisperCore Beta is available to download on the Whisper Systems web site. Three installers are available, for 64-bit Linux, Mac OS X and 64-bit Windows. As a beta it should not be used where security or stability is important.

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