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Hushed app on Android offers secret burner phone number

A new app for Android, the Hushed app is an object of controversy and debate in the app world. Designed to create disposable phone numbers that can be used in over 40 countries, it can aid drug dealers, arms smuggler and other dangerous elements in their operations. Covert affairs are easier to manage with this new app in town. Similar to Apple’s burner app, the Hushed version can transmit calls over data connections unlike burner which uses regular phone lines.

Even though the app has excellent and far reaching technological capabilities, the ethical aspect of the feature shadows its technical brilliance. This app makes it very easy for terrorists and spies to execute dangerous operations with disposable phone numbers at their fingertips. The Canadian company, AffinityClick, creator of hush, is working on a twin version for the iOS platform to aid Apple users in protecting their personal numbers.

hushed2In defense of Hushed, however, the app is ideal when users do not want to give out their real or personal numbers. With disposable phone numbers generated the hushed app protects the privacy of its users by generating alternate numbers users can give out as contact information for small undertakings like selling a house or a short term project that will last a few months.

Although the advantages outweigh the shortcomings, this app can pose a serious threat to national security if used inappropriately. Dubious activities are harder to track and catch with a number of disposable numbers that cannot be traced back to the original phone owner. Whether the app company really thought this one through is a question left to debate.

A new app for Android, the Hushed app is an object of controversy and debate in the app world. Designed to create disposable phone numbers that can be used in over 40 countries, it can aid drug dealers, arms smuggler and other dangerous elements in their operations. Covert affairs are easier to manage with this new app in town. Similar to Apple’s burner app, the Hushed version can transmit calls over data connections unlike burner which uses regular phone lines.

SOURCE: http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/Latest-News-Wires/2013/0128/Android-app-offers-a-super-secret-burner-phone-number