NEW YORK: Thereâ€™s a new security threat at some of the military bases in the US â€” and it looks uncannily like a can of Coke. Specially rigged Coke cans, part of a summer promotion, contain cell phones and global positioning chips. That has officials at some installations worried the cans could be used to eavesdrop, and they are instituting protective measures.
Coca-Cola Co says such concerns are nothing but fizz. Mart Martin, a Coca-Cola spokesman, said no one would mistake one of the winning cans from the companyâ€™s â€œUnexpected Summerâ€ promotion for a regular Coke. â€œThe can is dramatically different looking,â€ he said. The cans have a recessed panel on the outside and a big red button. â€œItâ€™s very clear that thereâ€™s a cell phone device.â€ Winners activate it by pushing the button, which can only call Cokeâ€™s prize center, he said. Data from the GPS device can only be received by Cokeâ€™s prize center. Prizes include cash, a home entertainment center and an SUV. â€œIt cannot be an eavesdropping device,â€ he said.sssssss