United Arab Emirates And Saudi Arabia Banning Blackberry Usage

from the can't-be-monitored dept

Ash Crill alerts us to the news that the United Arab Emirates has announced plans to ban the use of Blackberries, and that Saudi Arabia has announced its intention to do the same. The issue is one we've seen before. The way the Blackberry works is all the data is encrypted and sent through RIM's servers. This pisses off governments who want to spy on the data. RIM, in the past, has noted that it has no way of spying on the email, even if some governments claim to have figured it out anyway (a claim that seems somewhat dubious as that same government later demanded RIM break the encrytpion again). It appears that a lot of folks in the UAE are quite upset about this -- especially as parts of the UAE (Dubai in particular) have spent the last decade plus trying to present themselves as an ideal place for foreign business activity.


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    Mark Murphy (profile), Aug 2nd, 2010 @ 4:54pm

    UAE Blackberry Spyware

    Curiously, it has been almost exactly one year since news broke about a United Arab Emirates telco that remotely installed spyware on its customers' Blackberry devices.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 2nd, 2010 @ 7:03pm

    So

    anyhting you can use is being listened to no matter what your saying

    i vote everyone talk completely dirty for 2 months
    lots a PENIS and ANAL jokes too

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 2nd, 2010 @ 10:36pm

    not ban per se, way to create a title of half truth and sensationalism, they are blocking texting, email and web, because the can't monitor it, IE read your texts and emails, see where you surfing

     

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      ltlw0lf (profile), Aug 2nd, 2010 @ 11:29pm

      Re:

      Realize that the ban is on text, email, and web, but I think a follow on question is why would you purchase a Blackberry if you could only use it as a phone? After all, if you cannot text, email, or web from a smartphone, is it really a smartphone, and why would anyone spend the ridiculous prices (full disclosure: the only way you are going to get my crackberry is if you pry it from my cold, dead hands,) to by a Blackberry if they can only use it to make phone calls. I'm sure most of us would go back to using a free flip phone if all we could have was phone calls.

       

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    Max, Aug 2nd, 2010 @ 11:21pm

    Get an iPhone

    all problems solved ;)

     

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      Anonymous Coward, Aug 3rd, 2010 @ 4:27am

      Re: Get an iPhone

      They can intercept your messages on an iPhone already.

      By buying an iPhone you have just solved their problem - not your own!

       

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 3rd, 2010 @ 4:35am

    The paradox of security

    The same cryptography used to protect against evildoers also protects against governments -- because the math has no way of knowing if an attacker is an evildoer, the government, or an evildoer who has infiltrated the government.

    By banning strong cryptography which can protect against a government, they are also banning the strong cryptography which can protect against criminals.

     

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      imbrucy (profile), Aug 3rd, 2010 @ 7:10am

      Re: The paradox of security

      evildoer, the government, or an evildoer who has infiltrated the government

      I detect some redundancy in that state.

       

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    Killer_Tofu (profile), Aug 3rd, 2010 @ 7:11am

    Ideal Place for Foreign Business

    Well, now we know that they want you to go do business there so that they can commit corporate espionage.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 3rd, 2010 @ 7:13am

    Censorship will fail. Countries are just starting to realize the backlash of restricting information. Especially with international traffic and business.

     

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    Rabbit80, Aug 3rd, 2010 @ 8:29am

    Surely then they must ban all smartphones that connect to a companys email server.. Any admin worth their salt will ensure that their email servers are secure and that any mobile devices communicate over a secure connection!

     

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    Locksmith (profile), Aug 17th, 2010 @ 3:41am

    India is also banning the Blackberry . This shows what countries are the ones spying on their citizens.

     

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    Dee Larry, Aug 25th, 2011 @ 6:14am

    Sometimes it is SO difficult to know whatís going on in the middle east! Since I have family there Iím always eager to hear the arab news !

     

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