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Merkel to Upgrade From Texting to Secure Smartphone, Wiwo Says

March 04, 2013

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, a habitual user of text messaging, will be able to upgrade to a secure smartphone this year as the government orders 10,000 hack-proof devices, WirtschaftsWoche magazine reported.

Deutsche Telekom AG (DTE) unit T-Systems and Secusmart, a Dusseldorf-based security specialist, won orders for the new devices, which will now be able to encrypt phone conversations as well as e-mail messages, the magazine said. Top-level officials will also be able to access Facebook and Twitter.

The Telekom software will be installed on Galaxy S2 and S3 models from Samsung Electronics Co. (005930), while Secusmart will offer a BlackBerry (BB) Z10. Germany’s Federal Office Information Security Technology, the BSI, had previously determined that BlackBerry devices were unfit for national security because data was routed through a server in the U.K., the magazine said.

German officials will now be able to send and receive classified documents over the devices, WirtschaftsWoche said.

The Bonn-based BSI didn’t immediately respond to a request seeking confirmation.

To contact the reporter on this story: Patrick Donahue in Berlin at pdonahue1@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: James Hertling at jhertling@bloomberg.net


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