Encrypted SIKURPhone Claims to Protect Data and Cryptocurrency

By: Ken Silva

Cybersecurity firm Sikur has launched a secure, encrypted USD 799 smartphone, that it claims can safely store cryptocurrencies. Unveiled on Wednesday at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, in addition to a 5.5-inch full-HD display and 13-megapixel camera, the SIKURPhone features a built-in cryptocurrency software wallet.

According to an article on Engadget, 20,000 phones are available on presale and will be delivered in August.

Sikur’s CEO, Cristiano Lop outlined plans for the device to CNBC:

“At the end of second quarter of 2018 we will deliver a crypto wallet inside our platform, expanding the wallet use beyond SIKURPhone, it means that our customers should be able, through a physical device, to securely store their cryptocoins.”

In the wake of multiple prominent cryptocurrency hacks, such as this one, reported by internet entrepreneur and investor, Fabrice Grinda, there’s no lack of interest among crypto folk, many similarly burned by attacks.

“Securely storing information on our devices is one of our strong points,” said SIKUR CEO Cristiano Lop, speaking to Engadget. “We succeeded with browser and messaging security. Then we asked, why not do it with cryptocurrency? Cryptos are stored seamlessly and securely on our cloud, without compromising safety.”

Engadget reported that in November and December, Sikur hired security researchers to try to break into the device. The SIKURPhone passed with flying colors.

MORE: http://www.the-blockchain.com/2018/02/28/encrypted-sikurphone-claims-protect-data-cryptocurrency/

This Secure Phone Has a Built-In Cryptocurrency Wallet

By: Rob Marvin

Encrypted device maker Sikur’s new secure smartphone sports a native cryptocurrency wallet. Should you trust it?

BARCELONA—Smartphone makers will never stop trying to one-up each other on security features, so I suppose it was only a matter of time before one capitalized on the cryptocurrency boom and built an encrypted wallet app right into the phone.

Brazilian security software and encrypted device maker Sikur announced its new secure SikurPhone here at Mobile World Congress, which includes a built-in cryptocurrency wallet called SikurWallet. It can track token prices, create multiple wallets for different cryptocurrencies, and sync with exchange platforms such as Coinbase.

Sikur is all about security, and the cryptocurrency wallet is among many encrypted features on the device, including end-to-end encrypted messaging and chats, browsing, and voice and video calls. The SikurPhone is an evolution of the company’s Granite smartphone released in 2015, upgraded with a new user interface. Specs-wise, the SikurPhone has a 5.5-inch display, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, a 13MP rear and 5MP front camera, and a 2800mAh battery.

Sikur launched a bug bounty program through HackerOne to see if the SikurPhone could be hacked. Two months later, the platform’s global collective of hackers hasn’t cracked the phone, nor stolen any cryptocurrency from the wallet apps. The company said it’s establishing a permanent program with HackerOne to continue testing new versions of the software.

SikurPhone is available for pre-order starting at $799; the first units are expected in August. Take a closer look at the SikurPhone and its built-in cryptocurrency wallet below.

More: https://www.pcmag.com/feature/359530/this-secure-phone-has-a-built-in-cryptocurrency-wallet/9

Security-Focused ‘SIKURPhone’ Announced at MWC 2018

By: AFP Relaxnews

Earlier this week at the MWC 2018 in Barcelona, German cybersecurity company Sikur, launched SIKURPhone, a smartphone designed to protect data as well as cryptocurrency

Sikur’s new encrypted smartphone has been tried and tested by hackers, to ensure users’ cryptocurrencies, such as Bitcoin, are safe from theft. Such a device may have only appealed to those carrying around delicate corporate data or sensitive government documents a few years ago. But in today’s world of hackers, set on trying their luck in a cryptocurrency market worth over $460 billion, a lot more people have a lot more to lose.

SIKURPhone is ultimately a practical choice rather than a flashy one — the specs remain mediocre and nowhere near those of a flagship item. A little smaller than an iPhone, the device has a 5.5-inch full high definition ‘gorilla glass’ display, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, a 13MP rear camera and a 5MP front camera. Where it does stand out from the crowd is in its “unhackable” built-in cryptocurrency wallet, tailored to safeguard digital coins, such as Bitcoin. The company is so confident about its new device that it even put it to the test, hiring professional hackers to do “rigorous hacking tests for two months.” Hackers ultimately failed to break in.

SIKURPhone essentially runs on Android, although it is an altered version that provides the basics: calls, messages, document storage, etc. As for third-party apps, such as Instagram and Facebook, they will eventually be accessible but not before being vetted for privacy concerns by the company. According to Sikur, the phone’s fingerprint authentication function can also be used to recover personal data in the case of a lost device or a forgotten password.

More: https://www.news18.com/news/tech/security-focused-sikurphone-announced-at-mwc-2018-1674481.html

SikurPhone With a Secure Cryptocurrency Wallet Unveiled at MWC 2018.

By: Jagmeet Singh

A long time after launching its security-focused GranitePhone, Brazil’s Sikur at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2018 in Barcelona on Tuesday brought the SikurPhone that helps you protect your cryptocurrency. The new smartphone comes with a pre-installed cryptocurrency wallet and includes cloud integration to securely store various cryptocurrencies under one roof. Pre-orders for 20,000 units for the SikurPhone have already started at a promotional price of $799 (roughly Rs. 52,100), while the units will ship sometime in August this year.

The SikurPhone is touted to be “hack proof”, protecting user data as well as cryptocurrencies from hackers. To test how the phone can protect users, Sikur hired ethical hackers from bug bounty company HackerOne between November and December who were failed to gain access to any information, as per COO Alexandre Vasconcelos. The company deployed a custom Android version on SikurPhone, which it calls SikurOS, that doesn’t allow you to install any of the third-party apps on your own. This doesn’t mean that the smartphone won’t support your favourite apps – you instead need to ask the Sikur team to configure the apps individually.

Vasconcelos, in an interaction with CNET, pointed out that while the SikurPhone is designed to protect user data, it will not give the same tough protection to save criminals. The executive highlighted that the company would disable access to its services if it gets hints of any criminal behaviour of a user. In a separate interview with Mashable, Vasconcelos revealed that the Sikur will not only secure your digital currencies through its cloud-connected wallet but will also remotely wipe the data in case if you lose your phone to protect your money. “If you lose your phone, we can remotely wipe it for you. You can get a new one, log in, and your funds will be safe, as your private keys are stored in our cloud,” he said.

The SikurPhone additionally includes fingerprint authentication, and the preloaded wallet offers up-to-date market information about pricing, cryptocurrency news, and quotes. The wallet also has multisignature (P2SH) and multiple wallet support to give you an extensive cryptocurrency platform.

On the specification side, the Android 7.0 Nougat-based SikurPhone features a 5.5-inch full-HD display with Gorilla Glass protection on top. It is powered by a MediaTek MT6750 SoC, coupled with 4GB of RAM and has 13-megapixel rear camera sensor and a front camera sensor. Also, there is 64GB of onboard storage and a 2800mAh battery.

More: https://gadgets.ndtv.com/mobiles/news/sikurphone-cryptocurrency-wallet-mwc-2018-1818260

Encrypted SIKURPhone protects data and cryptocurrency

By: Rob LeFebvre

The security-focused Granite Phone captured the interest of even non-corporate customers when it came out in 2015. Now the folks at Sikur are back with a next-generation , promising the first fully encrypted, hack-proof smartphone that can safely store cryptocurrencies. Only 20,000 units will be available for presale beginning February 27th at a promotional price of $799. The company expects to deliver them in August of this year.

The phone itself has a 5.5-inch “full HD” Gorilla Glass display, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, a 13MP rear and 5MP front camera and sports a 2800 mAh battery. SIKURPhone also sports fingerprint authentication, which the company claims can help recover personal data if the device gets lost or you forget your password. It runs a fork of Android, and any third-party apps must be vetted and confirmed by the company before they’re available in an upcoming app store.

When the original Granite Phone came out, it was essentially for security-conscious governmental and corporate users, but the device found a pretty strong foothold with everyday consumers. SIKURPhone adds a secure cryptocurrency wallet along with its secure OS, communication systems and third-party apps. “Securely storing information on our devices is one of our strong points,” said CEO Cristiano Iop. “We succeeded with browser and messaging security. Then we asked, why not do it with ? Cryptos are stored seamlessly and securely on our cloud, without compromising safety.”

MORE: https://www.engadget.com/2018/02/27/sikurphone-encrypted-data-cryptocurrency-pre-order/

There’s a $799 hack-proof smartphone designed to keep your cryptocurrencies safe

By: ARJUN KHARPAL

by Arjun Kharpal

February 27, 2018

A smartphone designed to keep cryptocurrencies like bitcoin safe was unveiled on Tuesday.

German cybersecurity firm Sikur launched the $799 SIKURPhone at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain.

Key features include:

  • 5.5-inch full high definition display
  • 13 megapixel rear camera

But the standout feature for the device is the in-built cryptocurrency wallet. A wallet is a piece of software required to hold cryptocurrencies.

Security of cryptocurrency exchanges and wallets has been in the spotlight recently. A recent incident saw hackers steal over $500 million from Japanese cryptocurrency exchange Coincheck.

The cryptocurrency market has exploded with a value of over $460 billion, from just $21.4 billion a year ago, according to data from Coinmarketcap.com.

Sikur said it put its device to the test by hiring professional hackers to attack the device. The company claims the smartphone was subjected to “rigorous hacking tests for two months,” but hackers failed to gain access to any information.

“At the end of second quarter of 2018 we will deliver a crypto wallet inside our platform, expanding the wallet use beyond SIKURPhone, it means that our customers should be able, through a physical device, to securely store their cryptocoins,” Cristiano Lop, Sikur’s CEO, told CNBC by email.

The SIKURPhone will be available in a pre-sale on February 27 at a price of $799, and the first units will be delivered in August 2018. Only 20,000 units will be available at this price.

Source: https://www.cnbc.com/2018/02/27/sikur-cryptocurrency-wallet-smartphone.html

If you’ve amassed a cryptocurrency fortune, SikurPhone might be the phone for you.

By: Stan Schroeder

If you’ve amassed a fortune in cryptocurrencies, you probably don’t keep it all (or any of it) on your mobile phone. But a company called Sikur wants you to reconsider that.

On Tuesday, the company has launched a security-oriented smartphone called the SikurPhone. One of its main features is a built-in cryptocurrency wallet which, ideally, would allow you to keep cryptocoins on your phone without having to worry about losing them.

The phone itself is based on a highly customized version of Android 7.0, Sikur’s COO Alexandre Vasconcelos told me at the company’s booth at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. It’s not for the common user: It doesn’t have access to Google’s Play Store, it won’t run any apps that haven’t been vetted by Sikur, and its interface is far more spartan and corporate-looking than that of your typical, everyday Android.

The specs won’t wow you either, thought they’re probably good enough for most users: a 5.5-inch Full HD screen, a MediaTek MT6750 processor, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, a 2,800mAh battery and a 13-megapixel rear camera, as well as a 5-megapixel selfie shooter.

But this phone isn’t about playing Android games — in fact, I bet that most users won’t even use it as their main device. “It’s sort of like the Ledger,” said Vasconcelos, referring to a hardware wallet that’s a popular choice for securely storing cryptocurrency. “If you lose your phone, we can remotely wipe it for you. You can get a new one, log in, and your funds will be safe, as your private keys are stored in our cloud.”

There’s a potential problem there: What Vasconcelos is describing is nothing like the Ledger, which keeps the private keys solely on the device itself. Keeping cryptocurrency private keys — which are basically the only thing you need to access your coins — in the cloud has potential drawbacks: The company’s servers could get hacked. It’s not exactly a rare ocurrence; two months into 2018 and we’ve already seen several major exchanges losing hundreds of millions of dollars in crypto due to hackers.

More: https://mashable.com/2018/02/27/sikurphone/#9b6Zq_8ub5qc

Sikur’s COO: Hacker diversity essential in securing SIKURPhone

By: Hacker One

German cybersecurity company, Sikur, has high demands for security – it’s Secure Communication Platform is utilized by governments, corporations, and high-level executives.

In addition, the company just announced a new cryptocurrency wallet for its secure mobile device, SIKURPhone at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

Ahead of this new product launch, Sikur ran a HackerOne challenge with highly skilled hackers focused on everything from hardware, to software to physical phone theft. We chatted with Sikur COO Alexandre Vasconcelos, who was in charge of the program, to learn more about how hackers serves as an essential component of Sikur’s overall security strategy.

Why did you choose to run a hacker-powered security test versus a standard penetration test?

When crafting such device with a specific purpose our goal is to keep user information safe from any prying eyes, so when submitting the SIKURPhone to researchers we expected that would test things that we had missed.

A standard penetration test may depend on the unique ability of the tester who – by the way – can be an exceptional tester, but it will not cover all the product technical aspects. On the flip side, a hacker-powered test is far more extensive, due to its nature of having more testers and with different backgrounds, which contributes to the hacking process. By this approach, the program is more effective and proved that our device has accomplished its purpose, keeping user information (stored locally, in the cloud or in transit) secure from any third-party.

You focused on three test plan areas: accessing a “stolen” phone, breaking a purchased phone, and intercepting data. Why these three areas?

That’s because we think that those are the most common situations where hacking occurs. When a malicious person gains access to your device, chances are that a local exploitable flaw may be found. Having researchers help to prove that was crucial to our product.

The proposed “stolen” phone scenarios were important to set real world situations that, where any user could face. Our goal was to prove that users would benefit from SIKURPhone security, keeping their information safe even in the worst situations, like a device theft.

There were no limitations during the testing phase, hackers were allowed – and encouraged – to search for hardware and software vulnerabilities.

Did they find any vulnerabilities that surprised you (no need to name the vulnerability, just explain the process or why it was surprising)?

In fact, we’ve got surprised by the way that hackers worked to find the issues, the approach was very interesting and effective.

Talk to us about the hardware component of your challenge and how its different from software-based security.

Hardware is far more difficult, because it has some very particular components that works together with software. Also, when it comes to hardware, when a vulnerability is found, deeper testing is needed to guarantee that the fix will not affect other components.

We do have some engineers with hardware expertise, and it is a very particular profile, as they also need to have software skills to help implement the solution as a hacker would, thus setting the security bar higher. HackerOne helped us a lot to find the right hacker profile for our challenge; they did a very good job.

How did HackerOne’s managed services (triage) help you and your team during the Challenge?

The triaging service is crucial to both sides, so that hacker can have a better understanding on how the customer’s product works, and on the flip side the customer may have a clearer understanding about the hacker approach to a given situation. Somethings that may seem to be an issue are made by design, and some can be classified as bugs. The triage service gave us room to work on those situations.

How did the hacker-powered penetration test via HackerOne Challenge compare with your past penetration tests?

We did have some tests before, but as technology and hacking techniques evolve, there is always something to learn and improve. We always learn something new. In this challenge we gained a lot of knowledge that will help to improve our skills.

MORE: https://www.hackerone.com/blog/Sikurs-COO-Hacker-Diversity-Essential-Securing-SIKURPhone

SikurPhone packs built-in ‘hack-proof’ cryptocurrency wallet.

By: Katie Collins

If you’ve recently amassed a cryptocurrency fortune and need a secure phone to manage it, look no further than the SikurPhone.

Are you paranoid about security and sitting on a cryptocurrency fortune?

Brazilian company Sikur unveiled a phone with a built-in cryptocurrency wallet at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on Tuesday that might be just right for you.

The SikurPhone is the successor to Sikur’s GranitePhone, which it launched two years ago at the show. It offers the same supposedly “impenetrable security”, but with an updated interface and the ability to seamlessly store cryptos on Sikur’s secure cloud.

“Securely storing information on our devices is one of our strong points,” said Sikur SEO Cristiano Iop in a statement. “We succeeded with browser and messaging security. Then we asked, why not do it with cryptocurrency?”

Sikur claims its fully encrypted phone is “hack proof”, which feels like it’s just asking all hackers out there to prove it wrong.

To save them the trouble, Sikur challenged bug bounty company HackerOne to test the phone’s impenetrability over a two-month period. After putting the SikurPhone through rigorous testing, HackerOne told Sikur it hadn’t succeeded in cracking the device’s security.

More: https://www.cnet.com/news/sikurphone-packs-built-in-hack-proof-cryptocurrency-wallet-mwc-2018/

Empresa lança smartphone próprio para armazenar criptomoeda

By: Reuters

 

SÃO PAULO (Reuters) – A empresa de segurança Sikur revelou nesta segunda-feira um telefone celular dedicado para armazenar criptomoedas, em meio à crescente demanda de investidores por proteção contra crimes cibernéticos no volátil mercado de moedas virtuais de cerca de 450 bilhões de dólares.

O produto, lançado durante uma feira de telecomunicações de Barcelona, o Sikurphone foi lançado com preço de 799 dólares durante a fase de pré-vendas, afirmou a companhia em nota.

A Sikur desenvolve sistemas de criptografia que podem ser instalados em aparelhos iOS, da Apple, ou Android, do Google, assim como em tablets e PCs.

Há três anos, a empresa já havia lançado um celular com criptografia, o Granitephone, que faz comunicações por vídeo, voz, mensagens, chats e compartilhamento de documentos, usando o sistema operacional Android.

Mais: https://br.reuters.com/article/internetNews/idBRKCN1GA2YZ-OBRIN