India Claims To Have Cracked Blackberry Encryption; Proudly Spying On Emails

from the details-missing dept

Earlier this year, India demanded that RIM allow it to easily snoop on any email messages sent via Blackberry devices. The company explained that since the end user sets the encryption key, there's simply no way to provide a backdoor to snoop on the messages. However, now the government is proudly claiming that it's cracked the code and can now monitor Blackberry messages on various mobile operator networks. The details are quite vague, especially an offhand comment about how this is "wholly for non-enterprise solutions." That would suggest, then, that enterprise Blackberry messages may remain secure. It also raises questions about whether or not the mobile operators in question are simply providing access to their mail servers. Either way, the whole thing seems weird -- including the government's effort to publicize the fact that it's spying on Blackberry messages.

Filed Under: blackberry, email, encryption, india


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  1. identicon
    Overcast, 23 Sep 2008 @ 1:38pm

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    I have no problem with any govt, if my emails are read, my telephone calls are traced; I don't care--as long as I am safe.

    Safe from who? Certainly not safe from the Government. Of course, this is 2008, we don't have to worry about Government anymore, it's so very kind and always out for our best interests!!

    Of course, that wasn't true 20+ years ago, but the media and others will have you believe it is now.

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