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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    Anonymous Coward, 23 Sep 2008 @ 2:28pm

    It is a different world here

    The Indian government would definitely be proud what they have "achieved".
    The world here is different. A lot different from the West. We are at a higher security risk here and government eavesdropping on messages and calls is a "security measure" here.
    I may know that what they claim is absurd and/or dangerous.
    But the illiterate shopkeeper down the lane feels safe that the government is "doing something to protect him". He will vote for the same government again, because of its "technical superiority" in "handling terrorism". I do not blame him - when he sees bloodshed in the market, all he can do is hope.
    This is a different world here. Equally far from the US and China...

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