Smartphone Maker Challenges Hackers to Crack Security

— October 22, 2012

DeTron Inc. debuted the De Fens, a smartphone which incorporates proprietary quantum direct key (QDK) security technology. According to DeTron, the device eliminates the single biggest danger to mobile computing in the cloud—risks to the security of personal and enterprise data.

Steve Chao, CEO of DeTron says, “Every time an individual goes onto the Internet using their smartphone, they expose their data to hackers.”

Challenge to Hackers
To prove the device’s security, the encryption company ran a full page ad in the New York Times challenging code breakers, hackers and cryptographers to crack a message encrypted by QDK — a personal identification encryption technology aimed at eliminating multiple passwords for cloud services and web apps. reports that DeTron calls the code “virtually unbreakable,” hence the challenge to code crackers. The challenge lasted for seven days and prefaced the Oct. 18 launch of the “first” QDK-enabled device. The code challenge can be seen here.

With the rise of cloud services in the business world, end users, both consumer and enterprise, are accessing the web constantly. This makes each user and access point vulnerable to threats. A contributing factor to that vulnerability is the unmanageable number of passwords people have to remember to access systems, apps and online accounts.  

This causes many people to use the same password for everything or choose very simple credentials, making it that much easier to crack for identity thieves. This type of hack costs individuals and businesses billions of dollars a year.

Phone Features

The De Fens, an Android device with the Ice Cream Sandwich 4.04 OS, is integrated with QDK technology via a built-in IC chip. DeTron described QDK as “a highly advanced, yet efficient, cost-effective and virtually unbreakable technology that establishes an encryption public key directly between the sender and recipient, certifying the individual’s unique identity.”

In comparison to security measures deployed on conventional computing devices, QDK requires only the sender and recipient to be involved, thus simplifying and strengthening the exchange of information.

“If the exchange of a digital certificate must go through a third-party online source, then it’s never secure. True security is offline. The QDK-powered De Fens smartphone uses algorithm logic to calculate the crypto keys required to encrypt and decrypt data without having to compromise its security measures,” claims Chao. “The only master seed key to the entire cryptosystem is stored offline and in an unknown location, away from potential hackers.”

In addition to its ability to establish the “Cryptonet,” De Fens features a QDK-optimized, dual-core ARMv7 Cortex A9 1GHz CPU and PowerVR SGX531 GPU for trusted 3D media. It offers 1 GB of RAM with a choice of 16GB or 32GB ROM onboard storage. The 4.3” Sharp qHD color screen, with 960 x 540-pixel resolution, is housed in a unibody aluminium frame with Corning Gorilla glass facing.

The device’s cloud services include CryptoMail and CryptoMessage, and it comes with a registration process for owners to apply for a De-Id, a true and unique crypto ID.


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